Dr. Chara Van Horn

Currently Teaching:

Public Speaking (COMM 230), Argumentation and Debate (COMM 337 and 337H), and Intercultural Communication (COMM 470) at the undergraduate level, and Persuasive Communication Techniques and Strategies (COMM 765) and Communication and the Global Audience (COMM 770) at the graduate level

Dr. Van Horn received her BA in Speech Communication and Radio/Television/Film, as well as her MA in Communication from West Texas A&M University. Upon receipt of her MA, Dr. Van Horn served as the Director of Forensics at Texas A&M University-Kingsville before attending Georgia State University where she received her Ph.D. in Public Communication with an emphasis in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism and Political Communication in 2010. Dr. Van Horn’s research interests include the intersection between conspiracy theories and official political discourse and marginalized rhetorics.


  • Ph.D. (Public Communication), Georgia State University, 2010.
  • M.A. (Speech Communication), West Texas A&M University, 1996-1998
  • B.A. (Speech Communication and Radio/Television/Film, minor in English), West Texas A&M University, 1992-1996
  • Also attended Texas A&M University—Kingsville, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and Lubbock Christian University

Contact Information:

Phone: 731-881-7548
Office: 307 Gooch Hall

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