Allison Prasch

Contact Information


Office: A 219 Behavioral Sciences Building

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

Area of Study: Rhetoric and Civic Engagement

  • Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
  • Public Address
  • U.S. Presidential Rhetoric
  • Space/Place
  • Public Memory


Dr. Allison M. Prasch is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and teaches a variety of classes in rhetorical studies, including Rhetoric & Western Thought, Historical Speeches on American Issues, Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric, and History of Rhetorical Theory. Dr. Prasch is a scholar of U.S. presidential rhetoric, and her research program connects methods of close textual analysis and archival research with contemporary scholarship on space/place and public memory to interrogate the relationship between oratorical texts and their physical, spatial, and historical contexts. She is the recipient of the National Communication Association’s 2017 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for her theoretical work on deixis, and her research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public Affairs,Presidential Studies Quarterly, the Southern Communication JournalWomen’s Studies in Communication, and Voices of Democracy. Dr. Prasch’s current book project examines how Cold War U.S. presidents linked their foreign policy objectives to particular geographical locations and, in so doing, extended the United States’ physical and metaphorical presence in the world during key moments in the Cold War struggle between democracy and communism.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Zoë Hess Carney, Allison M. Prasch, “A Journey for Peace”: Spatial Metaphors in Nixon's 1972 “Opening to China” Presidential Studies Quarterly.
“Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Deixis.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 102, no. 2 (2016): 166-193.
“Retelling Watergate: Apologia, Political Eulogy, and Richard Nixon’s ‘Final Campaign.’” Southern Communication Journal 80, no. 4 (2015): 271-292.
“Maternal Bodies in Militant Protest: Leymah Gbowee and the Rhetorical Agency of African Motherhood.” Women’s Studies in Communication 38, no. 2 (2015): 187-205.
“‘We Will Always Remember . . . So We May Be Always Free’: Ronald Reagan’s Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of D-Day.” Voices of Democracy 10 (2015): 20-40.
“Reagan at Pointe du Hoc: Deictic Epideictic and the Persuasive Power of ‘Bringing Before the Eyes.’” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18, no. 2 (2015): 247-276.

Curriculum Vitae

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SPCM 201: Rhetoric in Western Thought

SPCM 311: Historical Speeches on American Issues

SPCM 412: Evaluating Contemporary Rhetoric

SPCM 601: History of Rhetorical Theory