Mary L. Rucker, Ph.D

Sch of Social Sci's & Int'l Studies
Professor, Communication
Allyn Hall 320, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Education History

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2000

M.A., University of Akron, 1990

B.A., Delaware State University, 1987 (Cum Laude)

A.A., University of Cincinnati, 1984


COM 4470 (Relationships in Organizations)

COM 4810 (Independent Study)

Research Statement

MARY L. RUCKER received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Organizational Communication and is the chair of the Department of Communication.  Her current research interests include political communication, persuasion, rhetorical theory, research methods, intercultural communication, and race, class, and gender issues. She has published widely in communication and interdisciplinary journals at the national and international levels. Obama’s Political Saga: From Battling History, Racialized Rhetoric, and GOP Obstructionism to Re-election is her most recent book. She is currently co-authoring a book titled Framing and Counter-Framing in the African American Community:  A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective.


Debate Planning Committee, Presidential Debate16

Faculty Representative, University Assurance of Learning Committee



Rucker, M. L. (2013). Obama’s Political Saga: From Battling History, Racialized Rhetoric, and GOP Obstructionism to Re-election.  Lexington Books: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publisher Inc., Lanham, Maryland.



Professional Affiliations/Memberships

National Association of African American Studies

National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies

National Association of Native American Studies

International Association of Asian Studies

Pacific and Asian Communication Association




Honored as a distinguished guest at WSU's National Society of Collegiate Scholars Induction Ceremony on October 5, 2013

2011 Legacy Books Award, Wright State University Libraries

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