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Buddy Howell

Buddy Howell, Visiting Assistant Professor

Buddy Howell, Visiting Assistant Professor
Buddy Howell, Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of  Communication
141 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street, NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7163 |

Buddy Howell is an advanced instructor in the Department of Communication.

  • Reagan at the Summit: Presidential Public Diplomacy and the Collapse of Soviet Communism (monograph in process for submission to Michigan State University Press).
  • Reagan and the U.S.-Soviet Summits: Public Diplomacy, Humanity’s Dignity, and Soviet Communism’s Depravity.”  In preparation for inclusion as a chapter in A Rhetorical History of the United States: Volume 8-World War II and the Cold War (under contract with Michigan State University Press).
  • Margaret Thatcher: The ‘Iron Lady’ and ‘Feminization’ of the Cold Warrior
  • PhD, Texas A&M University
  • MA, Baylor University
  • BA, Baylor University
  • The Rhetorical Tradition
  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • University Sporn Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Subjects, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research and the Virginia Tech Academy for Teaching Excellence, 2020
  • Leon Geyer Award


B. Wayne Howell, "Reagan and Reykjavík: Arms Control, SDI, and the Argument from Human Rights," Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 11 (Fall 2008): 389-415.

B. Wayne Howell, “Aristotle,” in The Encyclopedia of Political Communication, ed. Lynda Lee Kaid and Christina Holtz-Bacha. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008).

Journal Articles

“Continuity & Change in Victory and Concession Speeches: Race, Gender, and Age in the Last Speeches of the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign,” American Behavioral Scientist 55 (June 2011): 765-783.

B. Wayne Howell, “Ronald Reagan’s Address at Moscow State University: A Rhetoric of Conciliation and Subversion,” Southern Communication Journal, 68 (December 2003): 107-120.

Other Interests

  • Presidential Rhetoric political communication
  • History & Criticism of American Public Address
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Argumentation & Public Advocacy
  • Public Speaking
  • Persuasion
  • Research grant, University of Florida, for archival research at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University (summer 2013).
  • Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Alliance Award, NSF-University of Florida’s Office of Graduate Minority Programs (2010-2011)

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