Robert C. Rowland

Robert C. Rowland
  • Professor


Ph.D., University of Kansas

Rhetoric & Political Communication

Robert C. (Robin) Rowland (PhD, the University of Kansas), is a Professor at the University of Kansas, where he teaches rhetoric and argumentation.  He has received four university-wide awards for his teaching, three major awards for his advising, and a national teaching award from the National Communication Association.  His more than 100 published essays have appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication Theory, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Monographs¸ and other journals.  He has won several national awards for his articles, as well as for his overall research program in argumentation and political rhetoric. He has published four university press books, one of which (Shared Land/Conflicting Identity, with David Frank), won the Kohrs-Campbell Prize in rhetorical criticism and is a former editor of the  Western Journal of Communication. Rowland presented the keynote on rhetoric at the Reagan Centennial. His most recent book, The Rhetoric of Donald Trump: Nationalist Populism and American Democracy, was published by the University Press of Kansas in the spring of 2021.  He received a distinguished scholar award from the Rhetorical and Communication Theory division of the National Communication in November 2021 and a distinguished scholar award from the International Society for the Study of Argumentation in July 2023, after he presented a Keynote Address at a conference of the organization in Leiden, Netherlands.

Creative Works


PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES: Comparing Two Eloquent Presidents—Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama

Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series
"From Hope to Audacity: The Evolution of President Barack Obama's Rhetoric and the 2012 Presidential Campaign" (October 2012)

Dole Institute of Politics Lecture, "Reagan at Westminster"

Reagan's Centennial Lecture on Reagan's Rhetorical Legacy (USC) February, 2011