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Mitchell McKinney

College of Arts and Science

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Dr. Mitchell S. McKinney teaches courses in political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism. His research interests include presidential debates, political campaigns, media and politics, and presidential rhetoric. McKinney is the co-author/editor of seven books. He has combined practical political experience with his training as a political communication scholar, having served as a staff member in the U.S. Senate and at the White House. He has served as a consultant to C-SPAN and also the national Commission on Presidential Debates, advising the commission on how debates might be structured in order to better educate voters. Dr. McKinney also served as an adviser for the Korean government as officials planned their 2002 televised presidential debates. Dr. McKinney is a frequent commentator for state and national media, and has provided expert political commentary for such national media as the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

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