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Randall Lake
Associate Professor


Communication Ph.D Program




ASC 206C

Office Hours

11:00-2:00 Thursdays, and by appointment

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Political Communication
Argumentation Studies
Public Policy
Race and Ethnicity
Rhetorical Criticism

Randall Lake publishes and teaches primarily in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation, minority discourse, social movements, and symbolic processes of social change. His work on Native American protest is particularly well-known. He recently completed "She Flies With her Own Wings": The Collected Speeches of Abigail Scott Duniway, a digital repository devoted to the most prominent 19th-century woman's rights advocate in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most controversial nationally, due to her forceful opposition to the equal suffrage movement's embrace of prohibition. This website includes a rhetorical biography of Scott Duniway, edited and annotated versions of fifty-three speeches, most of which never have been published, images of her original manuscripts, and additional resources about Scott Duniway and woman suffrage.

Lake's research has appeared in national and international journals including The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Argumentation, Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in books including Argumentation Theory and the Rhetoric of Assent (Williams and Hazen, Alabama), The Ethical Nexus (Conrad, Ablex), Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook (Campbell, Greenwood), American Voices: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orators (Duffy and Leeman, Greenwood), Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest (2nd ed.; Morris and Browne, Strata), and Readings in Political Communication (Sheckels et al., Strata).

Lake has received the National Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, for the most outstanding article in the discipline, and the American Forensic Association's Daniel Rohrer Research Award, for the most outstanding essay in argumentation studies. Long ago and far away, his dissertation (completed at the University of Kansas in 1982) received the National Communication Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was associate editor of Reasoned Argument and Social Change (National Communication Association) and Argument and the Post-Modern Challenge (Speech Communication Association), and was both book review editor and editor-in-chief of Argumentation and Advocacy: The Journal of the American Forensic Association. He has served on the editorial boards of Argumentation and Advocacy, Communication Theory, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, and The Western Journal of Communication, among others.

Lake has chaired the National Communication Association's Committee on International Discussion and Debate and the American Forensic Association's Publications Committee. He is a former President of the Western Forensic Association. He also is a former director of the Trojan Debate Squad at U.S.C. and of the Annenberg doctoral program.

Lake and his spouse, Dr. Colleen M. Keough, are owned and operated by a pair of champion cocker spaniels.