Wm. Bryan Paul is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. In addition to teaching, Bryan serves as a Political Communication Institute (PCI) research associate, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies assistant, and the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) Secretary.
Bryan currently aspires to become a tenure-track professor and scholar of communication. His research generally focuses on political communication, with special emphasis in political leadership, campaigns, and polarization, as well as entertainment media and politics. Bryan has presented his research at both national and regional conferences, receiving awards for his work at the National Communication Association’s 2018 convention and the Central States Communication Association's 2019 and 2020 conferences. He currently serves as Secretary for the CSCA Political Communication Interest Group. On top of publishing, and working toward publication, of his academic work, Bryan has assisted in the creation and launch of Engaging Your Community: A Guide to Hosting Local Debates and Forums (an online resource presented by the PCI) and Public Apology Central (an online educational archive maintained by Dr. Kevin A. Stein).
Bryan earned his master’s degree from Southern Utah University (M.A. Professional Communication) and his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (B.A. Political Science, Philosophy Minor). Over the course of his graduate school experience, he has taught public speaking, political communication, and political public address. In between degrees, Bryan worked in public relations in California, Utah, and Washington, D.C.