Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award

The AFA Outstanding Dissertation or Thesis Award recognizes the best dissertation or thesis in the theory and practice of argumentation and forensics completed in the previous calendar year.  The candidate must be a member of AFA.  To nominate a thesis or dissertation, a letter of nomination detailing the significance of the dissertation or thesis (usually from the project advisor), a copy of the table of contents, and a representative chapter of the completed study.  Electronic submissions are preferred; hard copy submissions should include six (6) copies of all necessary materials.  The award shall be presented at the annual AFA business meeting.

Outstanding Dissertation/Thesis Award


  • Brett Bricker, University of Kansas. Doctoral dissertation: Rhetorical Investigation of Public Disbelief in Climate Science


  • Ryan McGeough, Louisiana State University. Dissertation: The American Countermonumental Tradition Renegotiating Public Memory and the Evolution of American Sacred Space