Alumni Honorees

Martin J. MedhurstMartin J. Medhurst

M.A. Speech Communication, 1975


Dr. Medhurst is Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor University.

Since earning advanced degrees in speech communication from NIU and The Pennsylvania State University, Professor Medhurst has been a prolific scholar in his research specialty of presidential rhetoric. He has authored, edited, or co-authored 13 scholarly books and 83 research essays that have appeared in the most competitive refereed journals in the field of communication.

Beyond his own impressive personal scholarship, Medhurst’s most important contributions to the field of communication have been as a pioneering editor. In 1998, he was the founding editor of Rhetoric & Public Affairs, which won the “Best New Journal” award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Over the first 10 years of its existence, articles appearing in Rhetoric & Public Affairs have won six of the most prestigious awards from the National Communication Association.

Medhurst’s editorial gifts have extended to the founding of four major book series at highly regarded university presses. For Michigan State University Press, he is the founding editor of the “Rhetoric and Public Address” series which has produced 31 award-winning volumes. For Texas A&M University Press, Medhurst edited 19 volumes in the “Presidential Rhetoric” series and 11 volumes in the “Library of Presidential Rhetoric” series. Finally, he is founding editor of the “Studies in Rhetoric & Religion” series published by Baylor University Press.