Dr. Eric Morris completed his PhD work at the University of Kansas, with a dissertation focusing on clash strategies in contemporary presidential debates. A number of his publications have also focused on questions related to political or academic debates, including format, audience, constraints, strategies and outcomes. He also directs the Missouri State debate program.
Beyond debates, his academic interests focus on political communication and public argumentation. His other publications have included work on the framing of liberal and conservative perspectives, rhetoric about terrorism and strategies used to define the meaning of politically relevant events.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (7)
National Debate Tournament - Coach of the Year (professional)
University of Kansas: Ph.D., Communication Studies 2004
Kansas State University: M.A., Speech Communication 1993
Missouri State University: B.S., Communication & Political Science 1990
- Central State Communication Association (Reviewer Political Communication Division 2011 & 2006)
- National Communication Association (Program Planner Cross Examination Debate Association 2006-2010)
- American Forensic Association (Finance Committee 2006-2009)
Media Appearances (5)
Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal
Associated Press online
Dr. Eric Morris, associate professor of communication at Missouri State University, explains what a witch hunt means in modern politics and why the allegations against Greitens are more damaging than allegations against President Trump.
MSU Students, Faculty Gather to Watch Last Presidential Debate
The third and final presidential debate is over. Dr. Eric Morris, Missouri State University debate coach and communications professor, offered his views on last night’s event.
MSU Students Participate In Presidential Debate Research
Dr. Eric Morris, assistant communications professor at Missouri State University, talks about the presidential debate on Sept. 29.
How Meaningful Is the ISIS ‘Genocide’ Designation?
The Atlantic online
Eric Morris, who formerly worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and now teaches at Stanford University, was a little less sanguine about the designation.
He suggests that in the past, the debate over whether a crisis does or does not constitute genocide “was actually a way of delaying action” in the eyes of critics. Once declared, either by advocates or administrations, the designation does not always translate into action...
Students and citizens debate guns on campus as part of MSU Talks program
Springfield News - Leader online
The topic was whether to allow those with concealed carry permits to carry guns on campus, and before two students from the school's debate program presented their sides, Dr. Eric Morris, assistant professor at Missouri State University, asked the spectators for their thoughts...
Event Appearances (6)
Bid Chasing: An exploration of incentives and possible remedies related to selection processes for the National Debate Tournament and CEDA Top Papers Panel
National Communication Association Conference 2011 New Orleans, LA
CEDA Top Papers Panel
National Communication Association Conference 2009 Chicago, IL
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Wake Forest Debate Summit 2009 Winston-Salem, NC
Unconventional Judge Preferences and CEDA Top Papers Panel
National Communication Association Conference 2008 San Diego, CA
Judge Mentorship Program and CEDA Top Papers Panel
National Communication Association Conference 2007 Chicago, IL
Panel Discussion: Exploring the Impacts of New Technologies and Debate Practice: A Symposium
National Communication Association Conference 2006 San Antonio, TX
Application of the pragma-dialectic perspective, and particularly, strategic maneuvering, to political argumentation remains sparse. To address the issue in the context of the 2008 campaigns, the clash strategies of Barack Obama and John McCain during the debates were coded using the same content analysis codebook as prior analyses of presidential debates, allowing comparison between 2008 and the other nine electoral cycles with general election debates.
The governance working group was asked to explore the status of intercollegiate policy debate associations and recommend improvements in organizational structure. Our working group solicited input the range of debate organizations and included participation from leadership of
several organizations, and perspectives drawn from the conference participants. This document
presents our conclusions.
The article discusses the digital recording of debates. The author recounts his experience of videotaping debates.
An imperative for personal and professional success is for communication students to understand and appreciate the wide range of research methods employed in academic and applied communication research. This article focuses on a course designed to prepare students for future academic study in the communication discipline and for professional careers in communication or related fields.