Dr. Michael Lee is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies for the Department of Communication. He teaches courses in political communication, rhetoric, media, composition, argumentation, and the history of the field of communication.
His research focuses on political identity and language in the U.S., and he has won 12 awards for scholarship. His first published book, Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement won 5 national book awards (the Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the Winans-Wichelns Award in rhetoric & public address, the Kohrs-Campbell Prize in rhetorical criticism, the Gronbeck award in political communication, and the Hart award in political communication research).
Dr. Lee is currently working on his second book, tentatively titled We Are Not One People: Secession and Separatism Since 1776. He has also published numerous essays on a variety of political topics including debates about conservatism, conservative media, the appeal of populism, American war rhetoric, and class warfare on television. He has spoken at universities across the country, and you can listen online to his discussion at MIT about the development of conservatism as a political force in the U.S. In addition to his research work, Dr. Lee enjoys helping undergraduate and graduate students improve their writing and public speaking abilities.