John Banister is a doctoral student in rhetorical studies. Before coming to Georgia in 2015, he studied speech communication at Iowa State University where he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees. He has presented research on a variety of topics at national and regional conferences.
He regularly enjoys teaching public speaking and does so in the spirit of the classical tradition. Additionally, John has taught rhetorical criticism, interpersonal communication, and rhetoric and society at UGA.
John’s research interests fall into two broad categories: how the classical rhetorical tradition informs contemporary communication pedagogy and the relationship between public narratives and American civil religion. His primary projects examine public understanding of the War in Iraq and the legacy of President Obama’s national eulogies following mass shootings respectively.