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Faculty | Vanessa B. Beasley

Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Phone: 615-343-8725

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VANESSA BEASLEY is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Her primary research interests include presidential rhetoric, U.S. political communication, and rhetorical criticism and theory.


B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1988

M.A., University of Texas, 1991

Ph.D., University of Texas, 1996

Professional Societies

National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
American Political Science Association

Honors & Awards

Faculty Mentorship Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, 2013

Thomas Jefferson Award, Vanderbilt University, 2012

Faculty Excellence Award, Department of Speech Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2007

Golden Mustang Award,  Southern Methodist University, 2004

Outstanding New Teacher, Southern States Communication Association, 2000

Teacher-Scholar for the College of Liberal Arts, Montague Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University,  2000

Aggie Fish Club Professor of the Year, Texas A&M University, 1999

“Camp Beasley,” Fish Camp Namesake, awarded by the students of Texas A&M University, 1999

Representative Publications

Who Belongs in America: Presidents, Rhetoric & Immigration, edited volume, Texas A&M University Press, 2006.

You, the People: American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric, Texas A&M University Press, 2004.