Meet the Faculty

Photo of Justin Ward Kirk, Ph.D. candidate

Justin Ward Kirk, Ph.D. candidate

Visiting Instructor

Division: Communication Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 219
Phone: (310) 506-4284

  • M.A., University of Kansas, 2013

Justin earned his mater's degree in communication studies at the University of Kansas and his master's degree in the history of ideas from the University of Texas-Dallas. He also earned his bachelor's degree in government and politics at the University of Texas-Dallas. At the University of Kansas, he taught Rhetoric and Social Influence, Cases in Persuasion, Debate, and Introduction to Speaker-Audience Communication. Justin's research focuses on how argument operates in the public square, and his primary focus is on political discourse and presidential rhetoric. His work examines how ideology and argument interact when party and policy collide. His research has been featured as a lead article in the Journal of Argumentation in Context, and as a chapter in a forthcoming collected volume on presidential debates as Praeger.


  • Rhetorical Theory

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Wil Linkugel Departmental Research Award, 2016

Academic Interests:

  • Academic Debate
  • Argumentation
  • Enthymeme
  • Ideology
  • Presidential Debate
  • Presidential Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric

Selected Works:

  • Mitt Romney in Denver:'Obamacare' as ideological enthymeme, 2016