Affiliate Faculty Members

Shawn J. Parry - Giles


Dr. Shawn J. Parry-Giles is Professor of the Department of Communication and is the Director of the Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at the University of Maryland. She studies rhetoric and political culture with a focus on a study of the presidency, first lady, political campaigns, and the political culture of the post-Civil War era.

Dr. Parry-Giles is the author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books. Most recently, Dr. Parry-Giles co-authored (with David S. Kaufer) Memories of Lincoln and the Splintering of American Political Thought. State College: Penn State University Press, 2017. She is also the co-author of the book: Hillary Clinton in the News: Gender and Authenticity in American Politics (recipient of the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award). She also authored The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955 (named a Choice "Outstanding Academic Title") and is a co-author of Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics, as well as The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism (with Trevor Parry-Giles). Dr. Parry-Giles is also co-editor of the Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (with J. Michael Hogan).

Linda Aldoory

Dr. Linda Aldoory was Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and Associate Professor in Behavioral & Community Health at the School of Public Health from 2011 to 2015. Her research focuses on health communication, specifically, public health campaigns and message design and their effects on underserved health populations.

Aldoory is currently part of a funded research project supported through the Health Enterprise Zone grant awarded Prince George’s County Health Department by the State of Maryland. Her role is to conduct community-based participatory research and develop a health literacy campaign for Capitol Heights, MD. Another sponsored research initiative is funded by Atlantic General Hospital and Health System to integrate health communication concepts into common core curriculum in Worcester County Public Schools. Her research is published in top journals, such as Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Women & Health.

Aldoory serves as member of the Maryland State Health Care Commission's Health Information Exchange Policy Board and the Consumer Engagement Taskforce for the Maryland State Health Services and Cost Review Commission. She is Board Member of Healthcare Access Maryland. She also is member of the Behavioral Health Workgroup of Prince George's County Health and Human Services and the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform Advisory Committee.

Aldoory formerly worked in health communication and public relations for The Bronx Perinatal Consortium, a maternal child health organization in The Bronx, NY; Hill & Knowlton Public Relations; the American Psychiatric Association; and the National Alliance for Mental Illness. She continues to consult for such organizations as the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, American Health Insurance Plans, and the U.S. Drug Administration.

Kathleen E. Kendall

Dr. Kendall's research focuses on political campaign communication, particularly in the presidential primaries and in presidential debates.

She has produced a DVD/video on the primaries (Primaries: Defining the Battle in New Hampshire, Dr. Kendall has received awards for her teaching and scholarship from the Eastern Communication Association, and was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University in 1997. She regularly gives her analysis of political communication events in media interviews.

Sahar Mohamed Khamis

Dr. Sahar Khamis is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.

She is the co-author of the books: Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Additionally, she authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular.

Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner in the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a radio host, who presents a monthly radio show on “U.S. Arab Radio” (the first Arab-American radio station broadcasting in the U.S. and Canada).

Kristy Maddux

Kristy Maddux is a rhetorical critic who studies popular discourses of citizenship, especially as they intersect with discourses of gender and religion. Some of her work, including her first book, concerns contemporary discourses of citizenship. In The Faithful Citizen (Baylor University Press, 2010), she illuminates and interrogates the civic ideals that emerge in popular religious-themed films, books, and television shows.

Her other work focuses on historical discourses, and she has published essays about William Jennings Bryan, Aimee Semple McPherson, Rosalynn Carter, and other historical figures. Her current research project examines the women's congresses held in conjunction with the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. There, women from various classes and diverse activist commitments contested and performed women's citizenship. That event, thus, allows a unique glimpse into circulating ideas of women's citizenship in the late nineteenth century.

Dr. Maddux tends to teach classes related to these topics. At the undergraduate level, she routinely teaches our required methods course, Interpreting Strategic Discourse, in addition to a social movements class about the nineteenth century women's movement and a political communication class that focuses on everyday practices of ordinary citizenship. At the graduate level, she has taught Historical/Critical Research Methods, Communication and Social Change, Introduction to Graduate Studies, and a special topics course about American feminist history, theory, and public address.

Current research projects include recovery and analysis of sermons preached by Aimee Semple McPherson, an early twentieth century evangelist. As a case study, McPherson illuminates the rhetorical characteristics of the schisms between fundamentalism, modernism, evangelicalism, and pentecostalism in the 1920s, as well as the changing gender dynamics of that era.

Trevor Parry - Giles

Dr. Parry-Giles's research and teaching focuses on the historical and contemporary relationships between rhetoric, politics, law, and popular culture. He is the co-author The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism and Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (which received the Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association).

Dr. Parry-Giles is also the author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process (recipient of the NCA Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, and the NCA Public Address Division's Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, the Journal of Communication, and elsewhere. Dr. Parry-Giles is a Distinguished Research Fellow and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association.

Current research projects include exploring the role of image and character in U.S. political discourse and political judgment, the depictions of the U.S. presidency in popular culture, critically tracing the history of American presidential campaign rhetoric, and examining the Cold War rhetorics of geopolitical change and anxiety in contemporary popular culture.

Carly S. Woods

Carly S. Woods researches and teaches about argumentation, social change, and the rhetoric of diverse voices. Her work focuses on how deliberation and debate can be used to negotiate identity, power, and social difference. She draws from feminist, cultural, and rhetorical theory to explore histories of public address and argument, with an eye toward how they might inform contemporary discourse. Her publications appear in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation and Advocacy, Women’s Studies in Communication, KB Journal, and elsewhere. Woods is the recipient of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Research Development Grant, the American Society for the History of Rhetoric’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Helen F. Faust Women Writers Award, and several teaching honors. She is an affiliate faculty member in UMD’s Department of Women’s Studies.

Affiliate Student Members

Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. She studies rhetoric and political culture with a focus on food and social change. Lauren is also a graduate assistant for the Mark and Heather Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership. She is a co-editor of the Recovering Democracy Archives Project and she serves as assistant to the directors of the NEH-funded Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project. Lauren earned her M.A. from the University of Maryland and her B.A. and B.S. from Georgia Southern University.

Megan Fitzmaurice

Megan Fitzmaurice is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Political Culture and has earned a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. She completed her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia, and her B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal Poly State University. Her research on race, activism, and public memory has been published in the Southern Journal of Communication and Feminist Media Studies. Megan’s dissertation examines ways that black activist groups have persuaded communities to commemorate their local slave history. She was awarded two fellowships from the University of Maryland to fund the fieldwork and writing release time for this project. Megan is also involved with UMD’s African American Digital Humanities initiative. She has received an Outstanding Teaching Award, the James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship, and the Charles Richardson Award for the most outstanding Ph.D. student in communication. She has experience teaching Rhetoric of Black America, Media Studies, Women and Public Discourse, Rhetoric and Society, Argumentation and Debate, and Oral Communication.