Below is my academic research. You can click here to find my current research interests, data & codebooks, and policy reports.


Presidential Economic Frameworks: How Expectations and Context Shape Rhetorical Leadership” (Under Review)

President Bush and Immigration Policy Rhetoric: The effects of negativity on the political landscape at the state level“, With Joshua Woods (Under Review)


Arthur, C.D. (2014) “Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership: The Constrained Effects of Rhetoric.” Lexington Studies in Political Communication. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books – an Imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

Open and Shut: The Immigration Debate in the Twenty-First Century” – With Joshua Woods (Under Review)


Woods, J. and Arthur, C.D. (2014). “The Threat of Terrorism and the Changing Public Discourse in Immigration after September 11.” Sociological Spectrum Volume 34, Issue 5, pp. 421 – 441 (September/October).

Arthur, C.D. and Woods, J. (2013). “The Contextual Presidency: The Negative Shift in Presidential Immigration Rhetoric.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 43(3) (September).


2015 The Dirksen Congressional Research Center Congressional Research Grant. “The Constitutional Fight for the Power of the Purse: Robert C. Byrd’s Entrepreneurial Defeat of the Presidential Line Item Veto


Open for Business: The Commodification of West Virginia’s Higher Education System” – With Joni R. Magnusson

“Concupiscence and Sanctification in Pop Culture: a Christological Hermeneutic of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey” – With Joni R. Magnusson

“Child Abuse and Religion: Governmental Policy and Response”

“The Constituent Servant: Senator Robert C. Byrd’s Leadership on the Appropriations Committee, 1989 – 2009”

“LGBTQ Persons and Workplace Discrimination: Religious Objections, Expressions, and Exemptions after Burwell v. Hobby Lobby” With Logan Bush, Malak M. Khader, and Shaleena G. Ross

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