|William L. Benoit is Associate Professor of Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his bachelor's degree from Ball State University, his master's from Central Michigan University, and his doctorate from Wayne State University. His publications include Accounts, Excuses, and Apologies: A Theory of Image Restoration ( 1995).|
|William T. Wells is currently a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwest Missouri State University. He is preparing a dissertation titled "An Analysis of Persuasive Attack and Defense Strategies Used by Incumbents and Challengers in the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Presidential Debates."|
STUDIES IN RHETORIC AND COMMUNICATION
General Editors: E. Culpepper Clark, Raymie E. McKerrow, and David Zarefsky
The University of Alabama Press has established this series to publish major new works in the general area of rhetoric and communication, including books treating the symbolic manifestations of political discourse, argument as social knowledge, the impact of machine technology on patterns of communication behavior, and other topics related to the nature or impact of symbolic communication. We actively solicit studies involving historical, critical, or theoretical analyses of human discourse.