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Be a Citizen, not a Partisan | Jennifer Mercieca | TEDxBlinnCollege
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Added Jul 25, 2016
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Dr. Mercieca explains why its important as Americans to be citizens and not partisans. Join her as she argues how a William H. Marcy aphorism defines American politics today.

Dr. Jennifer Mercieca (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is an historian of American political discourse, especially discourses about citizenship, democracy and the presidency. Her scholarship combines American history with rhetorical and political theory in an effort to understand democratic practices.

Her citizenship research argues that current views of citizenship treat Americans mainly as partisans, which prevents them from acting for the common good. Her presidency research argues that we have heroic expectations for the presidency that are both unrealistic and unconstitutional and that these expectations burden the presidency. She is the author of Founding Fictions and co-editor of The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency.

Her essays have appeared in scholarly journals like Rhetoric & Public Affairs, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Mercieca teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on political communicati

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