COLUMBUS, Miss. -- A member of The W’s Department of Communication will present a paper at this week’s National Communication Association conference in Philadelphia, Penn.

Dr. Melissa Smith, an assistant professor and the Gibbons Chair of Journalism, will present a paper “Donald Trump and His Populist Rhetoric” that examines how Trump’s political messages during the 2016 presidential campaign fit into the tradition of populist political speech in the United States.

“I am very excited about this opportunity, which will allow me to share these thoughts with other scholars just a few days after the election,” Smith said. “It should be a fascinating exchange of ideas for those of us in political communication.”

While in Philadelphia, Smith will also attend an executive meeting for the Southern regional association affiliated with the National Communication Association. She currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee for the Southern States Communication Association.

Smith also presented research in June on this year’s U.S. presidential election at a conference in Heidelberg, Germany. Her most recent book on the topic of political campaigns is “Dark Money, Super PACs, and the 2012 Election.”

Nov. 10, 2016