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Name: Mary L. Kahl
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Communication

Expertise Keywords: American speeches, Discourses of commemoration, Memorials, Monuments, Political advertising, Political communication, Presidential campaigns, Presidential debates, Presidential primaries, Presidential speeches

Available For: speaking

Expertise: I have served as a consultant to C-SPAN, have worked with the Commission on Presidential Debates, have attended presidential debates in two election cycles, and have slogged through the snows of New Hampshire to follow candidates in the New Hampshire Primary. I have been interviewed on NPR about the presidential debates and have written about presidential speeches for academic journals and conventions. I am currently the Vice President-Elect of the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional association of communication teachers and scholars in the nation.

Currrent Research: Presidential rhetoric following 9-11. The discourses associated with national monuments and memorials.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3451
E-mail Address: kahlm@newpaltz.edu
Home Phone: 845-561-0749

Other Information

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
taught at the University of California, Davis and at Boston College


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 9/72-4/76 BA 1976 Speech, English, & Educ.
Indiana University, Bloomington 9/76-12/78 MA 1978 Speech Communication
Indiana University, Bloomington 1/79-7/82 Ph.D. 1994 Speech Communication


Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Eastern Communication Association Committee of Scholars Member, Eastern Communication Association

Other professional activities

President, Eastern Communication Association, 2004.

Organizational Memberships

National Communication Association, various offices, including Division Chair, Legislative Council, several award committees, etc.

Eastern Communication Association, various offices, including being the incoming President. Other offices include: Chair of several divisions, Executive Council member, Finance and Publication Boards member, etc.

Also serve/have served as an Associate Editor of several Communication journals.


Last one was: "Doing the People's Business in the Wake of Impeachment: The Rhetorical Impact of President Clinton's 1999 State of the Union Address." The Communication Annual.