Dr. Andrea Terry

Andrea Terry


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  • Public Speaking
  • Persuasion


  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2016
  • M.A. California State University Sacramento, 2009
  • B.A. Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 2006


Dr. Terry joined the department in 2016. Her areas of expertise include rhetorical history and criticism, civil religion, visual rhetoric, presidential rhetoric, and civic engagement. Her research investigates the often contentious and complementary interweaving of political and religious discourse in the United States as it is used to facilitate and challenge citizen participation. To this end, she has researched religious groups with political goals such as the Quiverfull Movement, the Marin Foundation, and opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Amendment (HERO). Her work has been published in venues such as the Journal of Communication and Religion, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and the new edited volume, The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Sinners, Saints, and Symbols, published by Rowman & Littlefield for the Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series.

Dr. Terry’s teaching practice is focused on equipping students for civic engagement. She is the founder of Texas A&M University’s Difficult Dialogues program, for which she received the university’s highest teaching award: the Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also earned top honors for her research in the Kenneth Burke and Religious Communication divisions of the National Communication Association, and was selected for the National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar. She currently serves on the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division’s Nominating Committee.

Join Dr. Terry on twitter as she live-tweets political speeches and debates with #teamrhetoric!

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