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David Cheshier

Associate Professor    Director, Creative Media Industries Institute    

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1996


Rhetorical Studies
Deliberative Democracy
Communication & Critical Theory
Argumentation Studies.


David Cheshier is an Associate Professor in the the Department of Communication. Cheshier’s research focuses on rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation studies, public deliberation, and rhetoric and political philosophy. His work has appeared in Security Studies, Controversia, Argumentation and Advocacy, and several proceedings of the NCA/AFA Alta Argumentation Conference.

Cheshier’s research has received the NCA Miller Award and the AFA Rohrer Research Award, the latter given to the best annual article in argumentation studies.

For many years Cheshier supervised debate activities (at Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, UNC-Chapel Hill, GSU, and the University of Iowa); he has authored more than forty debate theory essays, hosted the 2003 NFL National Speech and Debate Championships, and was inducted into the high school forensics hall of fame (Emory University). At GSU, Cheshier founded the Center for Collaborative Scholarship in the Humanities, and is organizing a university Second Century Initiative research group on new and emerging media.

Cheshier is completing work on a book analyzing the role emotion plays in American public life, with the goal of producing a more nuanced theoretical account of how affect and public argumentation interact, as well as a media literacy textbook and several essays relating to American public address in the late-19th century New South.

In the GSU University Senate, Cheshier chairs the Faculty Affairs Committee.  He also chairs a university Art Fee Subcommittee, which makes student activity fee allocation recommendations for arts groups.