Buddy Howell

Buddy Howell

Visiting Assistant Professor


141 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University
  • M.A. Baylor University
  • B.A. Baylor University

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications


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).


“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.

Sponsored Research

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)

Additional Information

Teaching Interests

  • The Rhetorical Tradition
    Communication Skills
    Introduction to Communication Studies

Other Interests

  • Presidential Rhetoric
    Political Communication
    History & Criticism of American Public Address
    Rhetorical Criticism
    Argumentation & Public Advocacy
    Public Speaking