Stephen Klien

Stephen Klien
Assistant Teaching Professor
314 Switzler Hall

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Stephen A. Klien teaches courses in argumentation, political communication, and rhetorical studies. He also has professional experience in faculty development, especially in active learning pedagogy and the blended or flipped classroom. His research interests lie in the criticism of contemporary political rhetoric, with particular attention paid to the constitution of public character and citizen agency. His recent work has focused on the rhetorical construction of ideology and agency by female conservatives, as well as on the constitution of citizen agency in post-9/11 war films. 

Frequently Taught Courses:
Comm 1200 – Public Speaking
Comm 3572 – Argument and Advocacy

Selected Publications:
Klien, S.A. (2015). Cinematic simulacra and the prospect for public agency: Constructing the citizen-soldier in post-9/11 war films. In E. Sahlstein Parcell and L.M. Webb (Eds.), A communication perspective on the military: Interactions, messages, and discourses (pp. 373-390). New York: Peter Lang.

Klien, S.A. (2013). O’Reilly’s war on the “war on Christmas”: Diatribe, culture war and conservative ideology. In C. Rountree (Ed.), Venomous speech: Problems with American political discourse on the right and left (pp. 269-298). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Klien, S.A., and Farrar, M.E. (2009). The diatribe of Ann Coulter: Gendered style, conservative ideology, and the public sphere.  In J.L. Edwards (Ed.), Gender and political communication in America: Rhetoric, representation, and display (pp. 63-85). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Klien, S.A. (2007). Complexity and ideology in televisual war rhetoric: The air war over Iraq in Campaign 2004.  In D. Zarefsky and E. Benacka (Eds.), Sizing up rhetoric (pp. 181-199). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Klien, S.A. (2005). "Leave no man behind": The construction of public character, institutional legitimacy, and citizen agency in Black Hawk Down. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 22, 427-449.