Tammy Vigil

Associate Professor, Communication

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BA, Augustana College
MA, University of Kansas
PhD, University of Kansas

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Tammy R. Vigil is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boston University. She earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas with an emphasis on rhetoric and political communication. Her research interests include political campaign rhetoric, women as political communicators, and analyses of popular culture. She has published journal articles and book… Read more

Tammy R. Vigil is an Associate Professor of Communication at Boston University. She earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas with an emphasis on rhetoric and political communication. Her research interests include political campaign rhetoric, women as political communicators, and analyses of popular culture. She has published journal articles and book chapters on the rhetoric of Michelle Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush, and convention speeches by presidential nominees’ spouses. Dr. Vigil coauthored The Third Agenda in U.S. Presidential Debates: Debate Watch and Citizen Reactions, 1996-2004 and edited a textbook titled Introduction to the World of Communication. Her most recent book, Connecting with Constituents: Identification Building and Blocking in Contemporary National Convention Addresses, explores speeches delivered at national nominating conventions from historic, strategic, and analytic perspectives and illustrates the importance of nominating conventions as part of an ongoing national conversation about the political character of the country. Dr. Vigil formerly served as Associate Dean of the College of Communication at Boston University and is a past winner of the Wrange-Baskerville award given annually by the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association.

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  • ‘Washington is unable to take a joke’: Reactions to the White House correspondents’ dinner

    April 30, 2018

    Circa Tammy Vigil Performing stand-up at the annual White House press correspondents’ dinner is a tough gig for any comedian. On Saturday, Michelle Wolf, the edgy, often offensive contributor to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, delivered a 20-minute set that prompted a flurry of criticism and apologies from the the White House Correspondents’ Association. Expert […]

  • Why Trump’s popularity is rising

    November 22, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Tammy Vigil, College of Communication President-elect Donald Trump’s approval ratings have shot up post-election, one new poll finds… Expert quote: “The ‘surprise’ factions of support, such as white women, may now be willing to voice their approval when they previously might not have.” View full article

  • Has Bernie Sanders inspired a new wave of politicians?

    November 8, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Tammy Vigil, College of Communication Does the Bernie Sanders 2016 “revolution” have staying power?… Expert quote: “It isn’t unusual for that to happen when a candidate that comes up is just so invigorating.” View full article

  • Is Trump the first-ever candidate not to say he’ll accept election results?

    October 26, 2016

    PolitiFact Tammy Vigil, College of Communication Politicians and commentators on both sides of the aisle have expressed shock at Donald Trump’s refusal to say he’ll accept the outcome of the Nov. 8 election… Expert quote: “Most major party candidates do not make contesting the results an issue; it is simply assumed that they will accept […]

  • The Observer view on Hillary Clinton’s fitness to lead America

    September 19, 2016

    The Guardian Tammy Vigil, College of Communication In American presidential campaigns, September is the cruelest month.  Expert quote: “Right out of the gate she was getting slammed for the pantsuits, the hair, the headbands, her appearance, her life choices, and everything she said was so heavily scrutinized. I think she became defensive. And now she’s trying not […]

  • My three days with the Bernie Sanders rebellion

    August 1, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Tammy Vigil, College of Communication A Monitor reporter spent three days amid the pro-Bernie Sanders protests outside the Democratic National Convention. It wasn’t very Democratic, but it was very democratic… Expert quote: “ ‘Together’ is a good word for making people move… that was the secret to success Bernie Sanders had in […]

  • Chelsea Clinton will be Hillary’s Ivanka Trump, luring Millennials to her parent’s campaign

    July 28, 2016

    Quartz Tammy Vigil, College of Communication A week ago, Ivanka Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to introduce her father as the party’s official presidential nominee… Expert quote: “Chelsea’s challenge is less so than Ivanka’s because so many other speakers have already started the process. The 9-11 speakers and the […]

  • The convention speeches Trump and Clinton should give

    July 21, 2016

    The Globe and Mail Tammy Vigil, College of Communication It is arguably the most important political speech of a presidential candidate’s life… Expert quote: “For me, they always matter because they are part of a bigger discussion of who we are and where we’re moving as a people. So as part of a national dialogue, they […]

  • Donald Trump and his uneasy relationship with the teleprompter

    June 16, 2016

    The Globe and Mail Tammy Vigil, College of Communication In the Donald Trump world view there are two kinds of politicians – those who use teleprompters to deliver a speech and those who use memory, smarts and charisma to connect with audiences… Expert quote: “He tried early on, at least in the primaries, to make the […]

  • Texts fail when delivering tragic news, experts say

    March 26, 2014

    CNN.com Tammy Vigil, College of Communication For weeks, families of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 endured an agonizing wait — desperate for word of the fate of their loved ones. But when the first piece of definitive news finally arrived, for some of them it came not from a personal phone call or […]

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