official bio

Cliches beware, Dr. Lee M Pierce is on a mission to banish banality one speech at a time. Their counter-intuitive analysis of politics and culture are heard everywhere from your podcast playlist to TEDx stages. 

As Assistant Professor of Rhetorical Communication at SUNY Geneseo, Lee has helped (okay, sometimes forced) thousands of students to ditch clichés and say something that matters. Lee’s award-winning research has appeared in top academic journals and has been featured in Hello Giggles, Her Campus, LinkedIn Pulse, and on the Spark podcast. Learn more at

Thousands of people have tuned in to Lee’s podcast, RhetoricLee Speaking, for cheeky commentary on everything from Donald Trump to the f-word. You can find Lee’s TEDx talks analyzing Beyoncé’s ”Formation” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” on YouTube (along with a few attempts at stand-up comedy). Look for @rhetoriclee or @rhetoricleespeaking on social media. #fightthecliche


tedx talks

Neither Trauma nor Overcoming: A Rhetorical Critique of Beyonce’s Formation,” TEDxSUNYGeneseo, February 2019

Style vs. substance: Reading ‘Bad Blood’ like a rhetorical critic,” TEDxUGA, May 3, 2017

featured in

Leandra Bernstein, Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ tweets timed to rally base ahead of close election, ABC News-7/WJLA, May 11th 2020,

Kellee Marlow, Upskilling during pandemic–Kellee Marlow & Nicole Merrill and Lee Pierce, Episode 27, Spark Conversations on KXSF 102.5fm, May 7, 2020

Katie Holmes, Why you should start a hobby blog, OutWit Trade, May 6, 2020

Claire Harmeyer, How to support your friends based on their attachment styles, according to experts, Hello Giggles, April 24, 2020

Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa, “Reports: blueprint for success in college & career,” Rebus Community, January 14, 2020

Rebecca Williamson, “English and Communication Majors Need to be Taken Seriously: A Hot Take,” Her Campus, October 17, 2019

Samuel Dickinson, “Mentors for Millennials,” Linkedin Pulse, August 3, 2015

local media

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

areas of expertise

  • rhetoric
  • speech
  • public speaking
  • political analysis
  • culture analysis
  • popular culture
  • interpersonal communication
  • mediated communication
  • professional communication
  • giving public presentations
  • effective writing
  • effective speaking


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