John Christopher Rountree
- B.A., Auburn University, 2013
- M.A., Georgia State University, 2015
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, anticipated 2019
John Christopher Rountree is a rhetorical critic who analyzes U.S. public policy debates. His research brings rhetorical, legal, political, and historical scholarship to bear on the United States Congress. On a wide range of policy issues, he looks at how our legislative system gets stuck, whether that be through intransigence, competing narratives, policy procedures, or partisan politics. His master’s thesis focused on the stalemated immigration debates in Congress, and he has recently presented at conferences on theories of legislative debate and the institution of Congress. He is currently working on projects that range from the Alien and Sedition Acts debate to the failure to represent Washington, DC in the House of Representatives. John teaches sections of Effective Speech (CAS 100A).