Amy L. Heyse, Ph.D.

Amy L. Heyse, Ph.D.

AmyHeyseProfessor of Communication Studies
Area of expertise:  Rhetoric & Public Address
Office: AS-366
Phone: (562) 985-7162


What are your Research interests?

My area of research is rhetoric and public address with special interests in political rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. I have published research on the rhetoric of Presidents Barack Obama, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, as well as a case study on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Additionally, I have published research on Sarah Palin’s rhetoric, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and on the suppression of the woman suffrage movement.

What are your Teaching interests?

My teaching interests closely mirror my research interests. At the undergraduate level, I most enjoy teaching Campaign Persuasion, Gender and Communication, American Public Address, and Communication Criticism. At the graduate level, my favorite classes to teach are those I designed myself: the Rhetoric of American Feminisms and the Theory and Criticism of Presidential Rhetoric.

What courses have you taught?

Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, I have also taught the Internship class, Gateway to Communication Studies, Essentials of Public Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and Language and Behavior.

How do you serve the department and the university and the community?

My primary service commitment to the department is with my role as Director of Graduate Teaching Associates. I keep quite busy in that position training, evaluating, and mentoring our graduate teaching associates. Currently, I am looking forward to my newly elected position on the Academic Awards Committee for the College of Liberal Arts.