Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury
Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury is a Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of Rhetoric. He arrived to Wabash College in 2012 from Central Michigan University, where he had been a professor in the Communication and Dramatic Arts Department since 2008. Professor Drury’s scholarly expertise is in advocacy and public discourse, with particular interest in what political argumentation means for the role and value of citizen participation. He has researched various topics, ranging from how contemporary presidents invoke public opinion to the rhetorical efforts to mobilize the 1960s student movement to modes of opinion expression in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2014, he published Speaking with the People’s Voice, a study of presidential rhetoric and public opinion, with Texas A&M University Press.
Like many Wabash students, Professor Drury is Midwest born-and-raised, having lived in the four states surrounding Lake Michigan: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and now Indiana. This makes him a Big Ten—or B1G—fan, with a firm rooting interest for the Wisconsin Badgers (where he attended graduate school). Apart from being a college sports fan, he enjoys relaxing with his wife, Rhetoric faculty member Sara Drury, travelling to interesting places, and baking (and eating) delicious desserts.
Ph.D. in Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
M.A. in Communication, Northern Illinois University, 2003
B.A. in Communication, Northern Illinois University, 2001
RHE 101 Public Speaking
RHE 143 Political Debate
RHE 145 Legal Debate
RHE 201 Reasoning and Advocacy
RHE 270 Social Movements in the United States (cross-listed with PSC)
RHE 370 U.S. Presidential Rhetoric
FRC Enduring Questions
Drury, Sara A. M., and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury. “Engagement through the Oval Office: Presidential Rhetoric as Civic Education.” Accepted for presentation at the upcoming National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, November 2014.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “Situated Discourses of Citizenship: Presidential Discourses of Citizenship.” Invited panelist for preconference seminar at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C., November 2013
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “The Flip Flop Phenomenon: John Kerry and the Politics of Changing One’s Mind.” Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, November 2012.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Speaking with the People’s Voice: How Presidents Invoke Public Opinion. No. 23, Presidential Rhetoric and Political Communication Series. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2014.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “The Rhetoric of Rogue Ethos: Chris Christie’s Swing from ‘Boss’ to ‘Bully.’” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 4 (2014): 19-38.
Drury, Jeffrey P. “Paul Potter, ‘The Incredible War’ (17 April 1965).” Voices of Democracy 4 (2009): 23-40.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (MINOR)
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE