Trevor Parry-Giles


Ph.D., Indiana University


2105 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Parry-Giles’s research and teaching focus on the historical and contemporary relationships between rhetoric, politics, law, and popular culture. He is the author or editor of four books and his research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public AffairsPresidential Studies QuarterlyCritical Studies in Mass Communication, Celebrity Studies, the Journal of Communication, and elsewhere. Dr. Parry-Giles is a Distinguished Research Fellow and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association. In 2019, Dr. Parry-Giles received the University of Maryland's Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Current research projects include exploring the role of image and character in U.S. political discourse and political judgment, the depictions of the U.S. presidency in popular culture, critically tracing the history of American presidential campaign rhetoric, and examining the Cold War rhetorics of geopolitical change and anxiety in contemporary popular culture.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Advising Philosophy

Representative Publications:

Trevor Parry-Giles and Timothy Barney, "Envisioning a Remembered Future: The Rhetorical Life and Times of The Manchurian Candidate," Journal of Popular Film and Television 48 (2020): 62-76.

Trevor Parry-Giles and Michael J. Steudeman, “Crafting Character, Moving History: John McCain’s Political Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 103 (2017): 66-89. doi: 10.1080/00335630.2016.1234062.

Michael J. Steudeman and Trevor Parry-Giles, “Redeeming the Maverick McCain: Game Change as Hyperreal Campaign History,” Communication Quarterly 64 (2016): 553-572. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2016.1176938.

Trevor Parry-Giles, “Presidentialism, Political Fiction, and the Complex Presidencies of Fox’s 24,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 44 (2014): 204-223, doi: 10.1111/psq.12109.