Texas Tech University

Abigail Selzer King

Selzer King, Abigail

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Purdue
Office: 488
Email: AS.king@ttu.edu
Website: www.selzerking.com

Abigail Selzer King studies organizing and rhetoric, especially as these topics connect more broadly to the communication of identities, genders, nationalisms, and meanings of work. Her research explores these concepts through interpretive and qualitative methods including rhetorical criticism, argumentation analysis, microhistory, and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Abigail has received the Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award from the National Communication Association, the Outstanding Thesis Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication Language and Gender, and top paper awards from both the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Her research has appeared in journals including Argumentation & Advocacy, Computers & Education, and Visual Communication Quarterly.


  • Jensen, R. E., & Selzer King, A. (2012). The authoritative metaphor and social change: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's direct mailer, "Understanding AIDS." Health Communication, 1-11. DOI:10.1080/10410236.2012.704545
  • Selzer King, A. (2011). Drawing Paul Revere as a Klansman: Image, rhetoric, and anachronistic arguments for legitimacy. Visual Communication Quarterly, 18(1), 31–42. DOI:10.1080/15551393.2011.548726
  • Tanes, Z., Arnold, K. E., Selzer King, A., & Remnet, M. A. (2011). Using Signals for appropriate feedback: Perceptions and practices. Computers & Education, 57(4), 2414–2422. DOI:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.05.016
  • Selzer King, A., & Polcar, L. E. (2010). On the role of topical potential in the concluding stage: A Pragma-Dialectical case study ofLysias I, on the death of Eratosthenes. Argumentation and Advocacy, 46(4), 214–225.


Department of English