Stephen Heidt completed his doctorate in Rhetoric & Politics at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Currently, he is a lecturer of Communication Studies at California State University Northridge where he teaches courses in political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, and deliberation and democracy. His research focuses on presidential rhetoric, war and peace, democracy promotion, and, occasionally, Latin America. He has published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Western Journal of Communication, the Southern Communication Journal, and a number of edited volumes. He is the co-editor with Mary Stuckey of a volume on presidential rhetoric. His first book, Resowing the Seeds of War (Michigan State University Press), was published in March 2021. In his free time he enjoys international travel, craft beer, science fiction, and playing with his two boys.