Michael Lee

Professor | Director of Graduate Studies

Address: 5 College Way, Room 101
E-mail: leem@cofc.edu

Michael J. Lee teaches and writes in the areas of political communication and rhetoric. His research focuses on political branding, political identity, strategic communication, and audience positioning in American politics.  His work has earned over a dozen awards including five national book awards for his first book, Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement. His latest book is We Are Not One People: Separatism and Secession in American Politics Since 1776. He is regularly invited to speak about his research at universities around the country.  

In the classroom, Mike has been teaching courses on eloquence, persuasion, politics, and media since 2002 including public speaking, argumentation, persuasive messaging, political campaigns, media and politics, citizenship, and many others. He also has extensive experience teaching online and directs the fully online Master of Arts in Communication program at the College of Charleston.


Ph.D., Communication studies, University of Minnesota
M.A. (Communication) and B.A. (Political Science), University of Georgia