Michael Bruner Named Chair of the UNLV Communication Studies Department

Michael Bruner

May. 4, 2017

LAS VEGAS – May 4, 2017 – The UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs announced today that Michael Lane Bruner has been named chair of the department of communication studies. He will join the university July 3, 2017.

Bruner is a professor of persuasion and politics. He is the author of numerous books and articles on effective public communication, public argumentation, the ethics of argument, and the political and social consequences of ineffective argumentation. Bruner will leave his position as professor of communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Michael Bruner’s expertise in communication practices will amplify our college focus in building community relationships, trust, and collaboration at a time when shared meaning is crucial for urban cities in the 21st century,” said Robert R. Ulmer, dean of the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, a college devoted to public outreach and the creation of innovative solutions to the challenges of urban life,” said Bruner. “The communication faculty will assist the college and university to enhance communication at the interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and public levels. Finding solutions to urban problems requires effective communication, whether in public policy, criminology, media practices, or social work.”

Bruner has held several positions at Georgia State University since 2002. He previously served, for example, as director of the university’s large graduate program in communication, which encompasses speech communication, journalism and media studies, and film. He has also held positions at Babson College and Harvard University.

He earned a Ph.D. in rhetorical studies and critical theory from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master’s degree in rhetorical and performance studies from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Bruner’s books investigate national identity construction, the historical relationship between capitalism and republicanism, the transition from Soviet Marxism to Russian oligarchic capitalism, effective resistance in repressive political regimes, and unconscious forms of persuasion. His award-winning essays, published under “M. Lane Bruner,” regularly appear in leading communication journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Discourse and Society, Argumentation, and Text and Performance Quarterly.

He is also a widely published performance poet and an award-winning teacher of oral interpretation, persuasion, advanced public speaking, and public argumentation.

About the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is dedicated to making a difference in the world by developing effective and original solutions for 21st century urban challenges. The world is experiencing its highest rate of urbanization. As a result, cities are experiencing rapid change, challenges, and opportunities. There is a need for safe, resilient communities, effective government and policy, civil discourse, effective and ethical journalism, and effective urban support structures for behavioral and mental health needs. Students together with urban affairs’ faculty are currently working with many Las Vegas community leaders to solve the most pressing challenges. The urban affairs college has more than 3,000 students and 93 full-time faculty members. Visit the college’s website for more information at unlv.edu/urbanaffairs.

UNLV is a doctoral-degree granting institution of more than 27,000 students and approximately 3,000 faculty and staff. More than 200 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered. Founded in 1957, UNLV is located on more than 350 acres in dynamic Southern Nevada. The university is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.