Faculty Profile for Dr. Ann E Burnette
Biography and EducationDr. Burnette is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Political Communication, American Speeches, and Rhetorical Criticism. Dr. Burnette's B.A. and M.A. are from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. is from Northwestern University. In 2016 the Southern States Communication Association presented her the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Texas State University Presidential Award of Excellence. Dr. Burnette also has received the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor. In addition, she has won the Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching, the College Achievement Award in Teaching, and the department’s Golden Apple Awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching. In addition, Texas State University’s Associated Student Government has also named her a Bobcat Hero.
Research InterestsDr. Burnette’s research interests include political campaign rhetoric, the construction of gender in public discourse, historical political debates, and freedom of speech issues. She received the 2014 Southern States Communication Association James Madison Prize for Outstanding Research in First Amendment Studies for her article co-authored with Dr. Rebekah Fox, “Reframing Corporations as Individuals: The ‘Persuasive Marvels’ Unleashed by the Citizens United Ruling,” which appeared in First Amendment Studies. Dr. Burnette’s essay with Wayne Kraemer, “Communicating a Rationale for War: George W. Bush and the Rhetoric of Imperial Righteousness,” is included with the research of historians and political scientists in The George W. Bush Presidency. She has also published book chapters and articles in international and national publications such as the Journal of Argumentation in Context, and the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- LaStrape, A. V., & Burnette, A. E. (2022). Retire like a man: Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, and competing masculinities. In Rhetoric of masculinity: Male body image, media, and gender role stress/conflict (pp. 247–268). Lexington Books.
- Dewberry, D. R., Burnette, A. E., Fox, R. L., & Arneson, P. (2018). Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum. First Amendment Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/21689725.2018.1500930
- Burnette, A. E., & LaStrape, A. V. (2023). Advantage authenticity: Naomi Osaka’s activism for social justice and mental health. In Social justice and the modern athlete: Exploring the role of athlete activism in social change (pp. 73–86). New York, NY: Lexington Books.
- Burnette, A. E., & Fox, R. L. (2022). If it was never about the cake, what was it about? How members of the public frame the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court ruling. In Equal protection vs. religious freedom: Clashing American rights (pp. 329–356). New York, USA: Peter Lang Publishing.
- Medeiros, B., Burnette, A. E., Fox, R. L., & Dewberry, D. R. (2022). The politicization of protests and protection: The major First Amendment issues during COVID-19 pandemic. In Public communication in the time of COVID-19 (pp. 55–80). Lanham, MD, USA: Lexington Books.
- Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Service, College of Fine Arts & Communication. August 2022
- Award / Honor Recipient: Regents' Teaching Award, Texas State University System Board of Regents. 2021
- Award / Honor Recipient: Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas State University Faculty Senate. 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Seminar Award, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University. October 29, 2020
Selected Service Activities
SSCA Strategic Plan Task Force
Secretary, LBJ Museum San Marcos
LBJ Museum San Marcos