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Justin Ward Kirk

Visiting Instructor
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 219


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.


  • MA, University of Kansas, 2013


  • Mitt Romney in Denver:'Obamacare' as ideological enthymeme, 2016
  • Wil Linkugel Departmental Research Award, 2016


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


  • Rhetorical Theory