Michael Lane Bruner

Department Chair, Communication Studies
Expertise: Public argumentation, Persuasion and politics, National identity construction


Michael Lane Bruner is a professor of persuasion and politics and the chair of the Department of Communication Studies in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. 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 has held several positions at Georgia State University since 2002. He previously served as director of the George State University’s graduate program in communication. He has also held positions at Babson College and Harvard University.

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.



  • Ph.D., Rhetorical Studies and Critical Theory, University of Washington
  • M.A. Rhetorical and Performance Studies, Louisiana State University

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Michael Bruner
PeopleOctober 3, 2017
Performance poetry led the new chair of communication studies to a career studying the power of persuasion.