Interviews and More

“Teaching Stand-Up Comedy is No Joke,” SUNY Geneseo News, November 17, 2020

“Lee Pierce/Asst. Professor of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo & Podcast Host: RhetoricLee Speaking,” One Big Tip [Podcast], August 21, 2020

“Rhetorical Juxtapositions,” Rhetoricity [Podcast], July 14, 2020

“Upskilling During Pandemic,” Spark [Podcast], May 7, 2020

“Communication professor pursues unconventional path toward success,The Lamron, February 1, 2018

→“Mentors for Millennials,” Linkedin Pulse, August 3, 2015

Public Scholarship and Performances

Schadenfreude over Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was more about cosmic justice than joy in another’s pain,” The Conversation, October 14, 2020

“Neither Trauma nor Overcoming: Rhetorical Critique of Formation,” TEDxGeneseo, Geneseo, NY, June 20, 2019

“Style vs. Substance: Reading Like a Rhetorical Critic,” TEDxUGA, Athens, GA, March 24, 2017

“The Kindness of Strangers,” Rabbit Box Storytelling, The Foundry, Athens, GA, January 2016,



Cliches beware, Dr. Lee M. Pierce (she/they) is on a mission to banish banality one speech at a time. Their award-winning research on rhetoric and U.S. popular and political culture has appeared in top academic journals and been cited in The ABC7 News, Her Campus, and LinkedIn Pulse.

As assistant professor of rhetorical communication at SUNY Geneseo, Lee has taught thousands of students to ditch the cliches and say something that matters. Thousands of listeners have tuned in to the RhetoricLee Speaking podcast for cheeky commentary on everything from Black Lives Matter to the f-word.

You can find Lee’s TEDx talks analyzing Beyonce’s “Formation” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” on YouTube (along with a few attempts at stand-up comedy). Learn more at

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