Professor of Communication
OFFICE: Room 123, Roosevelt Hall
CAMPUS BOX: 4033
OFFICE: (620) 341-5256
FAX: (620) 341-6031
Dr. Heidi Hamilton is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre. She joined Emporia State University in 2004. Dr. Hamilton received a M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.
In the department, she teaches courses in rhetoric and persuasion including, Theories of Persuasion, Social Movements, Communication and Gender, and Consumerism & Culture: Critical Analysis of Advertising. She also serves as the director for the Public Speaking course.
Her scholarship focuses on both foreign policy rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. Most recently, that interest has taken two paths. First, she has been looking at social protests of military actions, Including WW1 and the Iraq war. She has a chapter on the anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan appearing in the book: Media Depictions of Women as Brides, Wives and Mothers. Other publications occur in the competitive proceedings of the Alta Conference and in the journal Controversia: An International Journal for Debate and Democratic Renewal. The second area is gendered political discourse, and projects there have been on gendered foreign policy discourse and women in politics. A co-authored chapter on Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice as the first female secretaries of state appears in the book Gender and Political Communication in America. A recent article on President Trump’s foreign policy discourse, including his tweets, and hegemonic masculinity is forthcoming. Her work on celebrity and political activism has appeared in the American Communication Journal.
At Emporia State, Dr. Hamilton is the current Director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies program. She also has served on the Honors College Advisory Council, General Education Council, Provost’s Advisory Committee, and Dean’s Advisory Council. Nationally, Dr. Hamilton is the vice-president of the American Forensic Association, and is a past chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association.