Faculty Profile for Dr. Ann E Burnette

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Dr. Ann E Burnette
Regents' Teacher — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 205
phone: (512) 245-2165

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Burnette is a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and Regents' Teacher 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. The Southern States Communication Association presented her the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the Texas State University Presidential Award of Excellence and the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor. Dr. Burnette has served as the President of the Southern States Communication Association.

Research Interests

Dr. 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 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

  • 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. (2023). Challenges for the second-in-command: Kamala Harris as a presidential candidate. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 13(1), 39–46.
  • 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., & 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.

Selected Awards

  • 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 Grants

  • Burnette, Ann E. (Principal), Kraemer, Wayne L. (Co-Principal). Rising Star of Texas: The Political Rhetoric of Julian Castro, $16000.00. (Submitted: October 2012, Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • Burnette, Ann E. Texas State University Research Enhancement Grant. (Funded: 2001). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

SSCA Strategic Plan Task Force
November 2022-Present
Secretary, LBJ Museum San Marcos
October 2022-Present
Board Member
LBJ Museum San Marcos
December 2020-Present
Southern States Communication Association
April 2023-April 2024
TEDx Speaker Nadim Adi
November 2023-February 2024