Atilla T Hallsby


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Research interests

My current research is about secrecy and rhetoric in American political culture, including secrecy in partisan groups, whistleblowing discourse, transparency activism, the war on terror, anti-science conspiracies, and in US/Mexico immigration and adoption policy. This work addresses the present-day problem of "post-truth," in which the public sphere of communication is saturated with disinformation. I advocate a formalist approach to secrecy that draws attention to the patterns in American political rhetoric that have lead to unstable public leadership, pervasive cynicism, and broken international alliances. My purpose is to draw attention to secrecy as an important rhetorical dynamic of political community and communication, as well as how it continues to shape our practices of public governance. 


I have regularly taught courses on public speaking, argumentation, rhetorical theory, and communication ethics. I also teach special topics courses on secrecy and surveillance.  

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Interest Keywords

  • Rhetoric
  • surveillance
  • secrecy
  • political culture
  • gender and political representation
  • terrorism
  • science communication
  • whistleblowing


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