School of Communication & Journalism

Mike Milford

Mike Milford Professor and Associate Director of Communication
229 Tichenor Hall
(334) 844-8735

Office Hours

  • Monday 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday 9-10 a.m.
  • Friday 9-10 a.m.


Dr. Mike Milford (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2005) is a professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University. His research explores the ways in which popular culture, sports, and politics share ideological messages, with particular interests in collective identity, wartime public address, and national myths. Dr. Milford’s research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Mass Communication and Society, Rhetorica, Sport in History, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Journal of Sports Media, Sport in Society, and the International Journal of Sport Communication. Dr. Milford serves as the Program Planner for the Communication and Sport Division for the National Communication Association. He earned his Ph.D. in rhetorical theory and criticism at the University of Kansas. He also has an M.A. in communication from Abilene Christian University and a B.A. in communication from Hardin-Simmons University.


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Communication Studies, emphasis in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and public address
  • M.A ., Communication Studies, emphasis in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism
  • B.A., Hardin-Simmons University, Communication Studies

Representative Publications

  • Milford, M. (2017). Veiled Intervention: Anti-Semitism, Allegory, and Captain America. Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 20, no. 4, 605-634.
  • Milford, M. (2016). National Identity, Crisis, and the Inaugural Genre: George W. Bush and 9/11. Southern Journal of Communication, 81, 18-31.
  • Milford, M. (2015). Kenneth Burke's Punitive Priests and the Redeeming Prophets: The NCAA, the College Sports Media, and the University of Miami Scandal. Communication Studies, 66, 45-62.
  • Milford, M. (2012). The Olympics, Jesse Owens, Burke, and the Implications of Media Framing in Symbolic Boasting. Mass Communication and Society, 15, 1-21.

Classes Taught

  • COMM 2010             Message Preparation and Analysis
  • COMM 3600             The Foundations of Rhetoric and Social Influence
  • CMJN 3650               The Rhetoric of Sports
  • COMM 3700             Argumentation
  • COMM 4100             Communication Strategies of Social Movements
  • COMM 4970             The Rhetoric of War
  • COMM 5600             Political Communication
  • COMM 7010             Historical, Descriptive, and Critical Research Methods
  • COMM 7230             Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 7410             The Development of Rhetorical Theory

Last Updated: April 22, 2021