Dr. Childers's research and teaching are in the areas of rhetoric and political communication, paying particular attention to questions of democratic citizenship. He is the author of The Evolving Citizen: American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), and the co-author (with Roderick P. Hart andColene J. Lind) of Political Tone: How Leaders Talk and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He has also authored a number of essays, including pieces that have appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Western Journal of Communication.
Childers, J.P. (2012). The Evolving Citizen: American Youth and the Changing Norms of Democratic Engagement. University Park: Penn State University Press.
Hart, R.P., Childers, J.P., & Lind, C. (2013). Political Tone: Why People Feel What They Feel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Childers, Jay P. (2013). “The Democratic Balance: President McKinley’s Assassination as Domestic Trauma.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 99: 156-179.
Childers, J.P. “Talk about Talk: The Conversational Metaphor in the 2008 Presidential Primaries.” American Behavioral Scientist (Forthcoming).
Childers, J.P. “Paternalistic Rhetoric and the American People.” In Michelle Smith & Barbara Warnick (Eds). The Responsibilities of Rhetoric (Waveland Press, 2010).
Public Sphere Theory