Lee Pierce

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Public Speaking Coach, SUNY College at Geneseo

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About Lee

Pierce’s research focuses on rhetoric, race, and popular and political culture in the United States and Canada. Overarching themes in Pierce’s writings include how rhetorical style and language create political and cultural realities. Pierce also serves as a public speaking coach and public intellectual on issues of language.

In the News

Interviewed in "Why-Lets-Go-Brandon-Is-More-Than-Just-a-Veiled-Insult," The Washington Post, January 13, 2022.
Quoted by Wesley Wade in "What Dave Chappelle Got Wrong," Fresh Fruit, December 15, 2021.
Opinion: "Aisha’s Broken #BlackGirlMagic in Fate: The Winx Saga," Lee Pierce, Dismantle Magazine, October 11, 2021.
Quoted by Leandra Bernstein in "Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ Tweets Timed To Rally Base Ahead of Close Election," ABC 7 News, May 11, 2020.


"For the Time(d) Being: The Form Hate Takes in The Hate U Give" Women's Studies in Communication 43, no. 2 (2020): 414-428.

Discusses how norms of Blackness are created visually in the film trailer for The Hate U Give.

"Melancholic Mirages and Ethopoeic Enemies: Reconsidering Temporality in Canada's Apologies to First Peoples " in Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric: Communicating Self-Determination (Frontiers in Political Communication), edited by Casey Ryan Kelly andJason Edward Black (Peter Lang Publishing, 2018), 78-103.

Analyses statements of reconciliation for the Canadian Indian Residential schools and looks at how personification and tense limit the effects of reconciliation discourse.

"A Rhetoric of Traumatic Nationalism in the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy" Quarterly Journal of Speech 100, no. 1 (2014): 53-80.

Explores the strategies used by anti-Islamic groups during the controversy over Cordoba House in Lower Manhattan in 2014