Jay Childers, PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Affiliate Instructor, Political Science
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Primary office:
101 Bailey Hall


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.

Recent Publications

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).

Ongoing Research
Public Sphere Theory
Deliberative Democracy
Civic Engagement
Presidential Rhetoric

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