Thomas Salek received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
His research interests cross the boundaries of presidential rhetoric, political campaigns, public relations, rhetorical and critical theory, and strategic communication responses to public controversies. Before pursing a Ph.D. in Communication, Salek worked as a Strategic Communication Consultant for Allstate Insurance.
- PHD, Communication - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- MA, Cinema Studies - New York University; New York City, New York
- BA, Communication and Journalism - Dominican University; River Forest, IL
Academic and Professional Highlights
- Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
- Presidential Communication
- Crisis Communication
- Public Relations
Salek, Thomas A. and Andrew W. Cole. Donald Trump Tweets the 2014 Ebola Outbreak: The Infectious Nature of Apocalyptic Counterpublic Rhetoric and Constitution of an Exaggerated Health Crisis. Communication Quarterly, 67, no. 1 (2019): 21-40.
Salek, Thomas A. Reframing the Rhetorical Meme-ing: The Enthymematic Form of Binders Full of Women Internet Memes from the October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate. In Presidential Debates in a Changing Media Environment Volume 2: The Citizens Talk Back, edited by Edward Hinck. (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2019): 221-242.
Salek, Thomas A. Money Doesn't Talk, It Swears: The Wolf of Wall Street as a Homology for America's Ambivalent Attitude on Financial Excess. Communication Quarterly 66, no. 1 (2018): 1-19. Lead Article.
Salek, Thomas A. Controversy Trending: The Rhetorical Form of Mia and Ronan Farrow's 2014 Online Firestorm Against WoodyAllen. Communication, Culture & Critique 9, no. 3 (2016) : 477-494.
Salek, Thomas A. Faith Turns Political on the 2012 Campaign Trail: Mitt Romney, Franklin Graham and the Stigma of Nontraditional Religions in American Politics. Communication Studies 65, no. 2 (2014): 174-188.
Salek, Thomas A. Coaching the Need for More Public Dialogue: President Barack Obama's Decentralized Presidential Leadership and Approach to American Citizenship. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Conference, Omaha, NE, April 2019.
Salek, Thomas A. Redefining Crisis to Make a Difference: President Obama and Governor Haley's Transformational Rhetorical Leadership following the June 17, 2015 Charleston Shooting. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, April 2018.
Salek, Thomas A. Using Rhetorical Theory to Craft Your Client's PR Narrative. Panel: Creating PR Opportunities to Make a Difference. Presented at Central States Communication Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, April 2018.
Salek, Thomas A. The General's Last Stand: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Battle Against Political Extremism at the 1964 RNC. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2017. *Top Paper Panel in the Political Communication Division*