DR. ANN BURNETTE
B.A. & M.A. University of Virginia, Ph. D. Northwestern Univerity
Political Communication, American Public Address, Rhetorical Criticism
Office: Centennial Hall 313
About Dr. Burnette
Dr. Burnette is an Associate Professor who teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Political Communication, American Speeches, and Rhetorical Criticism. In 2016 the Southern States Communication Association presented her the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Texas State University Presidential Award of Excellence. Dr. Burnette also has received the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor. In addition, she has won the Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching, the College Achievement Award in Teaching, and the department’s Golden Apple Awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching. In addition, Texas State University’s Associated Student Government has also named her a Bobcat Hero.
Dr. Burnette’s research interests include political campaign rhetoric, the construction of gender in public discourse, historical political debates, and freedom of speech issues. She received the 2014 Southern States Communication Association James Madison Prize for Outstanding Research in First Amendment Studies for her article co-authored with Dr. Rebekah Fox, “Reframing Corporations as Individuals: The ‘Persuasive Marvels’ Unleashed by the Citizens United Ruling,” which appeared in First Amendment Studies. Dr. Burnette’s essay with Wayne Kraemer, “Communicating a Rationale for War: George W. Bush and the Rhetoric of Imperial Righteousness,” is included with the research of historians and political scientists in The George W. Bush Presidency. She has also published book chapters and articles in international and national publications such as the Journal of Argumentation in Context, and the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric.
Dr. Burnette is a past chair of the Rhetoric and Public Address Division of the Southern States Communication Association and is also active in the National Communication Association. Outside of class, Dr. Burnette helps students with their communication skills by helping them present and publish their research and by judging public speaking events. Dr. Burnette also enjoys doing voice work such as announcing.
COMM 1310: Foundations of Human Communication
COMM 2338: Public Speaking
COMM 3302: Rhetorical Research Methods
COMM 4321: American Speeches
COMM 4331: Persuasion
COMM 4345: Political Communication
COMM 5302: Rhetorical Research Methods
COMM 5341: Rhetoric of Women’s Rights
COMM 5344: American Speeches
COMM 5345: Political Communication
Burnette, A. E., & Kraemer, W. L. (2016). Communicating a rationale for war: George W. Bush and the rhetoric of imperial righteousness. In Bose, M., Fritz, P. B. (Eds.). The George W. Bush Presidency. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Burnette, A. E., & Kraemer, W. L. (2015). Meeting the demands of a changing electorate: The political rhetoric of Julian Castro and Marco Rubio. In Garssen, B. J., Godden, D., Mitchell, G., & Snoeck Henkemans, A. F. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Amsterdam: SicSat.
Fox, R. L., & Burnette, A. E. (2013). Reframing corporations as individuals: The “persuasive marvels” unleashed by the Citizens United ruling. First Amendment Studies. DOI: 10.1080/21689725.2013.852796.
Burnette, A. E. (2012). Who’s framing whom?: Michele Bachmann and the (primary) politics of motherhood. In Ruggerio, A. A. (Ed.), Media depictions of brides, wives, and mothers. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Burnette, A. E., & Fox, R. L. (2012). My three dads: The rhetorical construction of fatherhood in the 2012 Republican presidential primary. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 2(3/4), 88-91.
Burnette, A. E., & Kraemer, W. L. (2012). The rhetoric of imperial righteousness in a post-9/11 world. Journal of Argumentation in Context 1(2), 143-167.
Recent Awards, Funding, and/or Recognition
2014 Southern States Communication Association James Madison Prize for Outstanding Research in First Amendment Studies
2016 Southern States Communication Association John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award
2015 Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching
2013 Texas State University Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor