Vanessa Beasley, assistant professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Professor Beasley's research specialty is the rhetoric of diverse democracy in the United States. Also receiving high praise is her current book, You the People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric. and she is working on a second as editor of the volume, Presidential Rhetoric and the Politics of Immigration.
Cal Jillson, professor of Political Science.
Professor Jillson says Gov. Rick Perry will try to expand his base among conservative Republicans by endorsing a slate of social issues from abortion to same-sex marriage. An longtime observer of Texas politics, Jillson has designed a course on Texas politics, which he teaches to undergraduates.
Rita Kirk, chair of the Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
Professor Kirk is recognized for her analysis of political and persuasive campaigns. She is the author of several books, including Hate Speech and Political Empiricism: Communications Strategies in State and Regional Elections. Recently, Kirk studied the U.S. State Department’s propaganda campaign abroad.
Matthew Wilson, professor of political science.
Professor Wilson is an expert on religion and politics, sees the moral issues that prevailed in the 2004 presidential election also as a part of the new legislative session. “Conservatives in the legislature have been emboldened to address some of the core issues for social conservatives, so we will see legislative initiatives on abortion, homosexuality and creationism.”