Tammy Vigil

Associate Professor, Communication, College of Communication

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.