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Department of Communication Studies

Alex McVey

Associate ProfessorAlex McVey
Director of Debate
email:  jalexandermcvey@ksu.edu
Campus address:  219B Nichols Hall

PhD - Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2018
MA -  Communication, Baylor University, 2012
BA - Spanish, International Studies, Baylor University, 2012


Alex McVey is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and  Director of Debate at Kansas State University. Alex is a critical-cultural communication scholar whose research and pedagogy uses a variety of methods from rhetoric and media studies to examine how communication both contributes to and challenges social inequality. His current research project, Policing the Post-Racial, traces how the rhetorical dynamics of visual, surveillant, and digital media are impacting contemporary public conversations about racism in the criminal justice system. Looking at visual media texts such as memes, body-mounted police camera videos, and photoshopped Black Lives Matter protest signs, Policing the Post-Racial traces the contested communicative landscape of race and policing in the United States. His research has been published in outlets such as Rhetoric Review, Teaching Media Quarterly, Present Tense, and Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry.  Alex is also a dedicated teacher and debate coach with over a decade of experience coaching debate and forensics at the college, high school, and junior high levels.  www.jamesalexandermcvey.com