Participant Info

First Name
Tammy
Last Name
Vigil
Country
USA
University
Boston University
Keywords
presidential campaigns, political conventions, political rhetoric, candidate's spouses, women in politics, campaign speeches, presidential campaign history (primaries, conventions, etc.)
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About Me

Tammy R. Vigil is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Boston University. She earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas with an emphasis on rhetoric and political communication. Her research interests include political campaign rhetoric, women as political communicators, and influences of popular culture on political perspectives. She has published journal articles and book chapters on the rhetoric of Michelle Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, and convention speeches by presidential nominees’ spouses. Dr. Vigil coauthored The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates: Debate Watch and Citizen Reactions, 1996-2004. Her most recent book, Connecting with Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Convention Addresses, explores speeches delivered at national nominating conventions from historic, strategic, and analytic perspectives and illustrates the importance of nominating conventions as part of an ongoing national conversation about the political character of the country.

Recent Publications

Books:

Vigil, T.R. (2015). Connecting with Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Convention Addresses. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Carlin, D.B., Vigil, T.R., Buehler, S. & McDonald, K.M. (2009). The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates: Debate Watch and Citizen Reactions, 1996-2004. (Westport, CT: Praeger).

Book Chapters:

Vigil, T. R. (2015), “Conventional and Unconventional Rhetorical Strategies: Michelle Obama’s 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Convention Addresses,” in Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor, edited by Elizabeth Natalle and Jenni Simon (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books).

Vigil, T.R. “National Conventions: Evolving Functions and Forms,” to appear in Political Campaign Communication: Theory, Method and Practice, to be edited by Robert Denton, Jr. and published by Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) due out in early 2017.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Vigil, T.R. (2015). “Conquering Constraints and Expanding Ethos: FDR’s 1932 Commonwealth Club Address, Studies in Media and Communication 3 (1): 62-72. DOI:10.11114/smc.v3i1.760

Vigil, T. R. (2014). “Feminine Views in the Feminine Style: Convention Speeches by Presidential Nominees’ Spouses,” Southern Communication Journal 79 (4): 327-346. DOI: 10.1080/1041794X.2014.916339

Vigil, T. R. (2013). “George Bush’s First Three Inaugural Addresses: Testing the Utility of the Inaugural Genre,” Southern Communication Journal 78 (5): 427-466. DOI: 10.1080/1041794X.2013.847479

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