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Gary C. Woodward, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication Studieswoodward

Office: Kendall
609 771-2330 (w)
609 397-3074 (h)


GARY C. WOODWARD is a Professor, rhetorician, and former Chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies at The College of New Jersey. He has degrees in communication and rhetorical theory from California State University at Sacramento and the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D. 1972), and regularly teaches courses in Persuasion Theory, Argumentation, and Philosophy of Communication.

A native of Colorado, he has taught in England as well as in the United States, and has undertaken research supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and The College of New Jersey at the LBJ Library, the JFK Library, Britain’s House of Commons, CBS News and C-SPAN. His comments on political topics have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Dallas Morning News,, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and other news outlets. In addition to multiple book reviews in Mass Communication and Society and The Journal of Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Woodward has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences, and has published articles in Communication Quarterly and other journals.

He is also the author of The Perfect Response: Studies of The Rhetorical Personality (Lexington, 2010), Center Stage: Media and the Staging of American Politics (Roman and Littlefield, 2007), The Idea of Identification(State University of New York Press, 2003), Perspectives on American Political Media (Allyn and Bacon, 1997) and Persuasive Encounters: Case Studies in Constructive Confrontation (Praeger, 1991). Woodward is co-author (with Robert E. Denton, Jr.) of Political Communication in America, Third Edition (Praeger,1999), and Persuasion and Influence in American Life, Seventh Edition (Forthcoming, 2013). He is currently a member of the National Communication Association and The Rhetoric Society of America.