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Michael J. Steudeman

Michael J. Steudeman

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Director of CAS100: Effective Communication

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Office Phone: (814) 865-1135

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  1. B.S., Bradley University, 2008
  2. M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2010
  3. Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2016

Michael J. Steudeman studies the rhetoric of education policy in the United States. Specifically, his work considers the way policymakers invoke education as a way to sidestep, reframe, or obfuscate debates over other social problems. His current book project, Absent Feeling: Education Rhetoric in the Reconstruction Congress, analyzes how policymakers cultivated a rhetoric of education to negotiate conflicts over federalism and civic belonging in the aftermath of the Civil War. His research has been published in journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and History of Education Quarterly. As the Director of Effective Communication (CAS100), he leads the introductory public speaking course required of all undergraduate students at PSU. In previous years, he has taught courses in argumentation, rhetorical criticism, public policy discourse, historical public address, and communication pedagogy.