Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury
Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury is an Associate Professor at Wabash College. He arrived to Wabash 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 2019, he published his textbook, Argumentation in Everyday Life, with SAGE Publications and, 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 140 Argumentation and Debate
RHE 201 Reasoning and Advocacy
RHE 370 U.S. Presidential Rhetoric
RHE 370 Rhetoric & Identity
RHE 370 Theorizing Rhetoric
RHE 497 Senior Seminar
FRC Enduring Questions
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “The Importance of Politics to Public Health in ‘Pandemic Legacy.’” Presented at the National Communication Association annual convention, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2018.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “‘I’d Rather be Divisive than Indecisive’: Argumentation Lessons from Hamilton: An American Musical.” Presented at the International Society for the Study of Argumentation conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2018.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “Blue Sky Workshop: Argumentation in a World of Alternative Facts and Echo Chambers.” Presented at the International Communication Association annual convention, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, and Cole A. Crouch “Creating a New World: Robert F. Kennedy’s Prophecy in Indianapolis and Cleveland.” Presented at the Central States Communication Association annual convention, Minneapolis, MN, March 2017.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Argumentation in Everyday Life. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2019.
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 & Book Chapters
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, Nicholas S. Paliewicz, and Sara A. Mehltretter Drury. “Argument Pedagogy for Everyday Life.” Journal of Communication Pedagogy 2 (2019), 37-42.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “Beyond ‘Rhetorical Agency’: Skutnik’s Story in the 1982 State of the Union Address.” Western Journal of Communication. Online, 2017. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10570314.2017.1294705.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, and Cole A. Crouch. “Robert F. Kennedy, ‘Statement on the Death of Reverend Martin Luther King, Rally in Indianapolis, Indiana’ (4 April 1968) and Robert F. Kennedy, ‘Remarks at the Cleveland City Club’ (5 April 1968).” Voices of Democracy 11 (2016): 1-24.
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury. “Engagement through the Oval Office: Presidential Rhetoric as Civic Education.” In Civic Education in the Twenty-First Century: A Multi-Dimensional Inquiry. Edited by Michael T. Rogers and Donald Gooch. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.
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.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Review of The Bully Pulpit, Presidential Speeches, and the Shaping of Public Policy, edited by Jeffrey S. Ashley and Marla J. Jarmer. Presidential Studies Quarterly 48 (2018): 626-28.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Review of Political Rhetoric, by Mary E. Stuckey. Rhetoric & Public Affairs 21 (2018): 371-74.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Review of The Great Silent Majority: Nixon’s 1969 Speech on Vietnamization, by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, Quarterly Journal of Speech 101 (2016): 95-98.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. Review of Delivering the People's Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate by Julia Azari, Perspectives on Politics 13 (2015): 858-859.
Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter, and Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury. “Facilitative Leadership and Civic Engagement.” Presentation at James Madison University in Florence, Florence, Italy, Spring 2018.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, and Cole Crouch. “Robert F. Kennedy’s Prophetic Vision in Indianapolis and Cleveland.” Presentation for the Ides of August, Wabash College, Fall 2016.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter, and Ross Sponsler. “Illumination and the Rhetorical Nature of Public Opinion: Preliminary Findings.” Presentation for the Ides of August, Wabash College, Fall 2015.
Drury, Jeffrey P. Mehltretter. “The Privilege of Privilege.” Chapel Talk, Wabash College, Fall 2014.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BLACK STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ELECTRONIC MUSIC (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA (MINOR)
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- Global Health (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- Neuroscience (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE