Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Scott Anderson

Assistant Professor


2016, Ph.D., Communication, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee; Dissertation: Rhetoric, Race, and Barack Obama’s Discourse of Division

2012, M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Thesis: The Identification and Division of Steve Jobs

2009, B.S., Speech Communication, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Professional Credentials

2017, Top Paper for Rhetoric and Public Address Division, Southern States Communication Association

2016, Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, The University of Memphis

Teaching Specialties

Communication Criticism

Communication Theory

Oral Communication

Courses Taught

Political Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Race, Rhetoric and Religion, Rhetorical Criticism

Research Interests

Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Political Rhetoric


National Communication Association

Southern States Communication Association


Dr. Anderson joined the Department of Communication at Arkansas State University as an assistant professor in 2017. Anderson is a rhetorical scholar at the intersection of politics and race. He specializes in rhetorical criticism of presidential public address and examines how presidents have talked about race and religion. He earned his doctorate at the University of Memphis in 2016 and his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Oregon State University in 2012. Dr. Anderson’s teaching interests include communication criticism, communication theory, persuasion, rhetoric of popular culture, and oral communication. When he is not teaching and researching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and their family’s two Boston Terriers.

Scott Anderson

Contact Information

P: 870-680-8131


Building: Communication
Room: 352

Alternative Contact

Anita Murray
P: 870-972-3091
F: 870-972-3321