Faculty Profile for Dr. Matt Morris
Dr. Matt Morris
Lecturer — Department of Communication Studies
phone: (512) 245-1360
Biography and EducationMatthew Morris received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where his focus was rhetoric and political communication. His dissertation was an analysis of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street's populist rhetoric and how various media influenced each group's organization and argumentation. He received his Master's degree from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, where he wrote a thesis on the conspiracy rhetoric of the 9/11 Truth movement. He spent undergrad and most of his 20s in Shreveport Louisiana, where he developed a love for film, literature, and music.
Teaching InterestsRhetorical theory, especially psychoanalytic and poststructuralism. His coursework was largely a balance of Kenneth Burke, the Frankfurt School, and French theory such as Foucault, Lacan, and Deleuze. Social movements, political communication, and conspiracy rhetoric.
Research InterestsSocial Movements, Populism, Conspiracy Rhetoric, Media and Technology. American Studies
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Morris, M. B. (n.d.). Refiguring Mass Communication: A History by Peter Simonson. Rhetoric and Public Affairs.
- Morris, M. B. (2014). Progress. In L. Browning & J. Oddvar Sornes (Eds.), Stories from the High North.
- McKenzie, J., & Morris, M. B. (2012). Communication Ethics. In K. Stimpson, A. Battaglia, J. M. Daly, & A. M. Young (Eds.), Professional Communication Skills. Pearson Learning Solutions.
- Morris, M. B. (2011). he Narcissistic Style of American Politics: The Rhetorical Appeal of Sarah Palin. In B. Brummett (Ed.), The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics. Lexington Books.
- Gruber, D., Jack, J., Keranen, L., McKenzie, J. M., & Morris, M. B. (2011). Rhetoric and the Neurosciences: Engagement and Exploration. POROI, 7(1).
Selected Service Activities
Teaching and Evaluation Committee for CMS 306M
The Review of Communication
Association for Psychoanalysis in Communication, NCA
Reviewer / Referee
Critical and Cultural Studies Division, NCA
Reviewer / Referee
Political Communication Division, NCA