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John Banister

Limited-Term Lecturer

Contact Info

501 Caldwell Hall
Office Hours:
Mondays 10am-2pm

John Banister joined the Communication Studies faculty as limited term lecturer in 2022 after completing his PhD the previous year under the direction of Professor Thomas Lessl. Before coming to Georgia he studied speech communication and English at Iowa State University.

He enjoys regularly teaching public speaking. John also has taught courses in rhetorical criticism, communication law, and interpersonal communication.

John is a a scholar of argumentation and the First Amendment. He writes about the argumentation practices of the United States Supreme Court and the role of authority in technical spheres of discourse. He regularly presents at regional and national conventions and his research has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Quarterly, and the Western Journal of Communication. He also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Communication Law Review, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes research on contemporary freedom of expression issues through a legal lens.


B.A., Speech Communication, Iowa State University

M.A., English, Iowa State University

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Georgia

Selected Publications:

Banister, J (2022). On performativity and compelled commercial speech: Toward a workable standard. Communication Law Review 22(1), 74–103.

Banister, J (2023). Judicious Invention: flexible application of judicial doctrine in the Roberts Court's voting rights jurisprudence. Communication Quarterly. Advanced Online Publication doi: 10.1080/01463373.2022.2100268


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Events featuring John Banister
Caldwell Hall 502

Dr. John Banister will present Debate in the Introductory Course: Invention and Audience in an Era of Post-Truth

Articles Featuring John Banister

Congratulations to Dr. John Banister for receiving the James Madison Prize for Outstanding Research in First Amendment Studies! This award is given to a top book or article about a freedom of expression issue published by an SSCA member during the previous…

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