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Dr. L. Paul Strait

Assistant Professor


I am a rhetorician (primarily of science) and am interested in questions of applied epistemology-- that is, how and why do people come to believe strange, incorrect, and/or dangerous things? What systematic factors drive error production, and how is the public seduced by that error? I also am the Director of Forensics. The USM Speech & Debate team competes in public debate, parliamentary debate, individual events (limited preparation speaking, public address, and oral interpretation of literature).

  • Rhetoric, Politics & Publics; Media, Culture & Community (PHD) - Univ of Southern California (2014)
  • MA - Univ of Southern California (2011)
  • MA - George Mason University (2006)

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Areas of Expertise

Rhetoric, Discourse, Culture, Medical Humanities, Ideology