Research

Waisanen, Don J. (forthcoming). Political Conversion: Stories of Personal Transformation as Strategic Public Communication. Lanham, MD: Lexington Studies in Political Communication series (Rowman & Littlefield).

Waisanen, Don J., Hahn, Allison., Gander, Eric. (forthcoming). Text, Talk, Argue: How to Improve Text-Driven Political Conversations. In C. Winkler (Ed.), Networking Argument. New York, NY: Routledge.

Waisanen, Don J. (2018). Communication Training’s Higher Calling: Using a Civic Frame to Promote Transparency and Elevate the Value of Our Services. In J. D. Wallace and D. Becker (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Training. New York, NY: Routledge.

Waisanen, D. J. (2018). The Comic Counterfactual: Laughter, Affect, and Civic Alternatives. Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Waisanen, Don J. (2018). Arguments for Everybody: Social Media, Context Collapse, and the Universal Audience. In R. Lake (Ed.), Recovering Argument. New York, NY: Routledge.

Waisanen, D. J. (2017). Using the Pecha Kucha Speech to Analyze and Train Humor Skills. Communication Teacher, 1-5.

Becker, A. B., & Waisanen, D. J. (2016). Laughing or Learning with the Chief Executive? The Impact of Exposure to Presidents’ Jokes on Message Elaboration. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 30(1), 1-19.

Waisanen, Don J. and Becker, Amy B. (2015). The Problem with Being Joe Biden: Political Comedy and Circulating Personae. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 1-16.

Waisanen, Don J. (2015). Comedian-in-Chief: Presidential Jokes as Enthymematic Crisis Rhetoric. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 45(2), 335-360.

Waisanen, Don J. (2015). A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Decorum: Quintilian’s Reflections on Rhetorical Humor. Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 18(1), 29-52.

Waisanen, Don J., Friedman, Hershey H., and Friedman, Linda Weiser. (2015). What’s so Funny about Arguing with God? A Case for Playful Argumentation from Jewish Literature. Argumentation: An International Journal on Reasoning, 29 (1), 57-80. [Impact Factor: 0.717, © 2012 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports]

Waisanen, Don J. (2014). Toward Robust Public Engagement: The Value of Deliberative Discourse for Civil Communication. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 17(2), 287-322.

Hoffman, David, and Waisanen, Don J. (2014). At the Digital Frontier of Rhetoric Studies: An Overview of Tools and Methods for Computer-Aided Textual Analysis. In Jim Rodolfo and Bill Hart-Davidson (Eds.), Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities (pp. 169-183). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Waisanen, Don J. (2014). Standing-Up to the Politics of Comedy. In Roderick Hart (Ed.), Communication and Language Analysis in the Public Sphere (pp. 426-442). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Waisanen, Don J. (2014). The Onion. In Kerric Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (pp. 913-914). Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press/Sage.

Hayden, Craig , Waisanen, Don J., and Osipova, Yelena (2013). Facilitating the Conversation: The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election and Public Diplomacy Through Social Media. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(11), 1623-1642.

Waisanen, Don J. (2013). An Alternative Sense of Humor: The Problems with Crossing Comedy and Politics in Public Discourse. In Clarke Rountree (Ed.), Venomous Speech and other Problems in American Political Discourse (Vol. 2; pp. 299-315). New York, NY: Praegar.

Waisanen, Don J., and Becker, Amy* (2013). From Funny Features to Entertaining Effects: Connecting Approaches to Communication Research on Political Comedy. Review of Communication, 13(3), 161-183. [Lead article; *Both authors contributed equally to the writing of this paper]

Remler, Dahlia, Waisanen, Don J., and Gabor, Andrea (2013). Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal. Journalism Studies, 15(4), 357-373. [Lead article; Impact Factor 0.798, ©2013 Thomson Reuters, 2012 Journal Citation Reports®]

Waisanen, Don J. (2013). Hermeneutic Range in Church-State Deliberation: Cross Meanings in the Los Angeles County Seal Controversy. Western Journal of Communication, 77(4), 361-381. [Lead article]

Waisanen, Don J. (2013). (Trans)national Advocacy in the Ousting of Milošević: The Otpor Movement’s Glocal Recursions. Communication Studies, 64(2), 158-177.

Waisanen, Don J. (2013). Shouting, Clapping, and Laughing with the Monks: Toward a Boisterous, Cosmopolitan Argumentation Pedagogy. In Catherine Palczewski (Ed.), Disturbing Argument (pp. 444-450). New York, NY: Routledge.

Lageson, Sarah, Erensu, Sinan, and Green, Kyle. (2013). Laughter and the Political Landscape. In Doug Hartmann & Chris Uggen (Eds.), The Social Side of Politics (pp. 117-138). New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. **Contributor to roundtable exchange along with R. Lance Holbert, Heather LaMarre, Kristen Landreville, Bruce Williams, and Dannagal Young.

Waisanen, Don J. (2012). Bordering Populism in Immigration Activism: Outlaw-Civic Discourse in a (Counter)public. Communication Monographs, 79(2), 232-255. [Ranking: 1/67 in Communication; Impact Factor: 2.029, © 2011 Thomson Reuters, 2010 Journal Citation Reports]

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Trust and Social Networks. In George Barnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Networking (Vol. 2; pp. 874-877). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Political Conversion as Intrapersonal Argument: Self-Dissociation in David Brock’s Blinded by the Right. Argumentation and Advocacy, 47(4), 228-245.

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Crafting Hyperreal Spaces for Comic Insights: The Onion News Network’s Ironic Iconicity. Communication Quarterly, 59(5), 508-528. [Lead article]

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Argument Ecologies in Social Media: Populist Reason in Facebook Immigration Pages. In Robert Rowland (Ed.), Reasoned Argument and Social Change. Washington, DC: National Communication Association.

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Jokes Inviting More than Laughter . . . Joan Rivers’s Political-Rhetorical Worldview. Comedy Studies, 2(2), 139-150.

Waisanen, Don J. (2011). Satirical Visions with Public Consequence?: Dennis Miller’s Ranting Rhetorical Persona. American Communication Journal, 13(1), 24-44.

Becker, Amy, Xenos, Michael, and Waisanen, Don J. (2010). Sizing up The Daily Show: Audience Perceptions of Political Comedy Programming. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 18(3), 144-157.

Waisanen, Don J. (2009). A Citizen’s Guides to Democracy Inaction: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Comic Rhetorical Criticism. Southern Communication Journal, 74(2), 119-140. [Lead article]

Waisanen, Don J. (2009). Facebook, Diasporic-Virtual Publics, and Networked Argumentation. In Dennis Gouran (Ed.), The Functions of Argument and Social Context. Washington, DC: National Communication Association.

Waisanen, Don J. (2009). Identity’s Strategy: Rhetorical Selves in Conversion [Book Review]. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 12(1), 145-147.

Waisanen, Don J., and Suzuki, Takeshi (2008). From The Colbert Report to Counterfactual Argument: Reflections on Parodic Public Spheres. Proceedings of the 3rd Tokyo Conference on Argumentation, Tokyo, Japan.

Waisanen, Don J. (2008). The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America [Book Review]. International Journal of Communication, 2, 8-10.

Waisanen, Don J. (2008). Culture-on-Demand: Communication in a Crisis World [Book Review]. Journal of Communication and Religion, 31(2), 342-346.

Waisanen, Don J., and Reynolds, Rodney A. (2008). Side-Coaching the Public Speech: Toward Improvisational Delivery Adjustments in the Moment. Communication Teacher, 1(1), 18-21.