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Brandon Johnson

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts & Sciences

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16803

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  1. A.S., John Tyler Community College, 2015
  2. B.A., University of Richmond, 2017
  3. M.A., Penn State University, 2020
  4. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2024

Brandon Johnson is a rhetorical critic of the U.S. presidency. His thesis examined the ways public memories of Jimmy Carter have been evoked as shorthands for presidential failure and his work on Donald Trump analyzed Trump's reliance on business metaphors to frame the presidency. His analysis of Trump's signature use of metaphor has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Politics. His current research continues to take a critical look at the ways presidents exert power through rhetoric and how our perceptions of the presidency have evolved over time. He teaches CAS100 (versions A and C) and CAS 175: Persuasion and Propaganda and has also served as a TA for CAS210: Landmark Speeches in Democracy and Dissent.