Rita  Kirk Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Rita Kirk

Southern Methodist University

Kirk is a senior research professor, award winning teacher, and experienced administrator A frequent commentator and speaker, she excels as a communication strategist who specializes in the analysis of public arguments and the successful (and ethical) implementation of communication campaigns. Kirk serves as the Director of the Maguire Ethics Center and is a Faculty-in-Residence at Armstrong Commons.


Kirk frequently serves as a media commentator and has served as an analyst for CNN during Presidential election debates over the past 10 years.  Additionally, she consults with national and multinational corporations on public policy and leadership.  Kirk has been especially intrigued over her career with the adoption and adaptation of new media technology and its impact on our culture.


    PhD at U of Missouri

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Kirk is the author of several award-winning books and articles, including Political Empiricism:  Communications Strategies in State and Regional Elections; and two co-edited books with David Slayden:  Hate Speech, a book analyzing implications for hate discourse in public communication, and Solo Acts:  The Death of Discourse in a Wired World.

Personal Interests

    Ethics, travel, everything political, and my dog



Featured Title
 Featured Title - Political Communication Real Time (Schill, Kirk & Jasperson) - 1st Edition book cover