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.
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Discusses how norms of Blackness are created visually in the film trailer for The Hate U Give.
Analyses statements of reconciliation for the Canadian Indian Residential schools and looks at how personification and tense limit the effects of reconciliation discourse.
Explores the strategies used by anti-Islamic groups during the controversy over Cordoba House in Lower Manhattan in 2014