Trevor Parry-Giles


Ph.D., Indiana University


Phone: 301-405-2567
2105 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Parry-Giles's research and teaching focuses on the historical and contemporary relationships between rhetoric, politics, law, and popular culture. He is the co-author The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism and Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (which received the Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association). Dr. Parry-Giles is also the author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process (recipient of the NCA Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the Kohrs-Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, and the NCA Public Address Division's Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Presidential Studies QuarterlyCritical Studies in Mass Communication, 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, 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 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.