Michael Lane Bruner

Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Expertise: Persuasion and Politics, Argumentation and Advocacy, Critical Thinking



Michael Lane Bruner is a professor of argumentation and advocacy in the Department of Communication Studies in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. He is an expert in political rhetoric and its consequences for human society. 

Bruner teaches the persuasive arts at the doctoral level in public policy, as well as more basic rhetoric courses (e.g., argumentation and debate, ethical persuasion and propaganda) at the undergraduate level.

Bruner’s research investigates a range of subjects related to persuasion and politics, including books on topics such as national identity construction, effective resistance in repressive political regimes, forms of unconscious persuasion, and the relationship between economic and political practices. Bruner’s essays, published under “M. Lane Bruner,” regularly appear in leading communication journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Argumentation, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Philosophy and Rhetoric.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2017, Bruner held positions at Harvard University, Babson College, and Georgia State University, serving as latter’s graduate director.



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

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