• 245 Citations
1977 …2020

Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Interests

David Zarefsky teaches courses in the history and criticism of U.S. public discourse, with a special focus on the pre-Civil War period and on the 1960s, and also teaches courses in argumentation and in Presidential rhetoric. Among his publications as well as six other books and over 70 scholarly articles concerned with American public discourse (both historical and contemporary), argumentation, rhetorical criticism, and public speaking are books on the Lincoln-Douglas debates and on the rhetoric of the war on poverty during the Johnson administration. He is president of the Rhetoric Society of America, 2006-2007, and is a past president of the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He currently is working on two book-length projects, one concerning President Johnson's speech in which he announced his withdrawal from the 1968 Presidential race, and the other on the Texas annexation controversy of the 1840's as it affected the slavery debate.

Education/Academic qualification

Communication Studies, PhD, Northwestern University

Communication Studies, MA, Northwestern University

Communication Studies, BS, Northwestern University

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where David H Zarefsky is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Research Output

Argumentation theory: A pragma-dialectical perspective

Zarefsky, D., Jan 1 2020, In : Informal Logic. 40, 1, p. 139-146 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • Underlying Assumptions of Examining Argumentation Rhetorically

    Zarefsky, D., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Argumentation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Lincoln and historical accuracy

    Zarefsky, D., Mar 1 2015, In : Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 18, 1, p. 155-159 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    1 Scopus citations

    The ten rules of pragma-dialectics and validity in argumentation

    Zarefsky, D. H., Jan 1 2014, Considering Pragma-Dialectics: A Festschrift for Frans H. Van Eemeren on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Taylor and Francis, p. 313-323 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    1 Scopus citations

    The United States and the world: The rhetorical dimensions of Obama’s foreign policy

    Zarefsky, D., Jan 1 2014, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency. Texas A and M University, p. 109-129 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    4 Scopus citations