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 at the College of Charleston. His research focuses on political branding, political identity, and audience responsiveness in American politics, and his work has earned over a dozen awards including five national book awards for Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement. 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