Brian L. Ott (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is a scholar and public intellectual who has been studying rhetoric, media, and their intersection for more than 20 years. He has authored numerous books and essays on the changing nature of communication in the digital era, and he has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, The Atlantic, and Politico among others. His op-eds have appeared in outlets such as USA Today, Newsweek, Salon, Business Insider, and The Hill. Brian is former Department Head of Communication at Missouri State University, former Director of Texas Tech University Press, former Editor-in-Chief of the Western Journal of Communication, and a former President of the Western States Communication Association.
Professor, Missouri State University
Head of Department, Missouri State University
Director of TTU Press, Texas Tech University
Chair of Department, Texas Tech University
The Pennsylvania State University, PhD
The Pennsylvania State University, MA
George Mason University, BA
Twittering away our deliberative capacity: Social media and the threat to democracy, Research Outreach, 124, 50-53.
The Twitter presidency: How Donald Trump’s tweets undermine democracy and threaten us all, Political Science Quarterly, 135(4): 607-636.
Critical media studies: An introduction (3rd ed.), Wiley Blackwell
Redefining rhetoric: Why matter matters, Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, 3(1), 45-81.
The Twitter presidency: Donald J. Trump and the politics of white rage, Routledge
Affect in critical studies, In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication.
The age of Twitter: Donald J. Trump and the politics of debasement, Critical Studies in Media Communication, 34(1), 59-68.
The Routledge Reader in Rhetorical Criticism, Routledge
Ways of (not) seeing guns: Presence and absence at the Cody Firearms Museum, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 8(3), 215-239.
The visceral politics of V for Vendetta: On political affect in cinema, Critical Studies in Media Communication, 27(1), 32-47.
Places of public memory: The rhetoric of museums and memorials, U of Alabama Press
It’s not TV: Watching HBO in the post-television era, Routledge
The small screen: How television equips us to live in the Information Age, Wiley Blackwell
Spaces of remembering and forgetting: The reverent eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 3(1), 27-47.
Memory and myth at the Buffalo Bill Museum, Western Journal of Communication, 69(2), 85-108.
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Western States Communication Association
Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 2012.