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Michael Lane Bruner

Professor    Professor    

Ph.D. University of Washington, 1997


Michael Lane Bruner, a.k.a. M. Lane Bruner, is a Professor of Persuasion and Politics. Professor Bruner studies identity construction and its relation to the political, combining rhetorical, cultural, performance and critical theory. His books investigate national identity construction, the historical relationship between capitalism and republicanism, the transition from Soviet Marxism to Russian oligarchic capitalism, effective resistance in repressive political regimes, and unconscious forms of persuasion. His award-winning essays regularly appear in leading communication journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Discourse & Society, Argumentation, and Text & Performance Quarterly.
Professor Bruner, a widely published performance poet, is also an award-winning teacher of oral interpretation, persuasion, advanced public speaking, and argumentation at the undergraduate level, and seminars on rhetorical and critical theory at the graduate level.


The Rhetorical Unconscious. Under external review, the University of South Carolina Press.
“Meta-Reason, Political Transformation, and Contemporary Argumentation Theory,” Dialogues in Argumentation, ed. Ron Von Berg (New York: Windsor), in press.
“Critical Rhetoric and the Analysis of Unintentional Persuasion,” The Bulgarian Journal of Rhetoric and Communication 13 (July 2014), pp. 1-18.
“Democracy without Class: Examining the Political Unconscious of the United States,” in Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, eds. Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), pp. 133-52.
“Snyder v. Phelps: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Spectacular Erasure of the Tragic Spectacle,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs (Winter 2013), pp. 242-67. Recipient of the 2015 Haiman Award in Freedom of Expression.
“The Performance Worlds of the Lost Tribe and the Carma Bums,” Liminalities 9 (November 2013), pp. 1-24.
Repressive Regimes, Aesthetic States and Arts of Resistance (New York: Peter Lang, 2012)