Margret McCue-Enser

Associate Professor

651-690-6680

mamccueenser@stkate.edu

Margret McCue-Enser is an associate professor of Communication Studies in the Women's College at Saint Kate's. Her research focuses on the speeches of non-traditional leaders to understand how they negotiate (often, though not always) clashing expectations from multiple and diverse audiences. In short, she really like combing through texts like speech transcripts whether from a 1903 edition of The Irish World and American Industrial Liberator, C-Span, or Congressional hearings.

The courses she teaches include Gender and Rhetoric; Leadership and Persuasion; Communicating Across Cultures, Identities, and Differences; Speaking to Lead and Influence; as well as the two "bookend" courses that are a critical part of our liberal arts curriculum - The Reflective Woman and Global Search for Justice. The Global Search for Justice course she teaches, under the sub-heading Voices of Dissent, examines the US-Dakota war and the historical and contemporary displacement of Dakota from the state of Minnesota. Dr. McCue is also the faculty advisor for the Leadership Studies minor.

Her current work examines Ada Deer (Menominee) and the statement she made as part of the hearings to confirm her as the first American Indian female to head the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and argues that Deer maintained the expectations of what an opening statement by the nominee should entail (her biography, professional experience relevant to her role in the BIA, as well as her knowledge of how to play well with others in Washington D.C) but that she used her experience as a Menominee who suffered as a direct result of the federal government and later her role as an activist central to the ending of termination and restoration of the Menominee tribe to explicitly challenge the BIA, the Senate, and the federal government.

Another project that Dr. McCue is very excited about is examining The Landing, a settlers' village in Shakopee Minnesota, and asking if the Dakota Indians who inhabited that place before Senator Richard Murphy, the person for whom The Landing was previously named for, are represented there and what that means for how those born and raised in the central Minnesota River Valley understand their own history. As a farm girl from Belle Plaine who grew up walking beans and picking rocks (you read that right), this project is very close to Dr. McCue's heart.

Graduate Education

Ph.D. University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa. May 2006 (Communication).

M.A. University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa. May 2002 (Communication).

M.A. Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado. May 2000 (Speech Communication).

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado. May 2000.

Undergraduate Education

B.A. College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. Saint Joseph/Collegeville, Minnesota. May 1996 (Communication, German).

Finalist, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016.

Winner, Denny Prize in Writing, 2015

The courses she teaches include Gender and Rhetoric; Leadership and Persuasion; Communicating Across Cultures, Identities, and Differences; Speaking to Lead and Influence; as well as the two "bookend" courses that are a critical part of our liberal arts curriculum - The Reflective Woman and Global Search for Justice. The Global Search for Justice course she teaches, under the sub-heading Voices of Dissent, examines the US-Dakota war and the historical and contemporary displacement of Dakota from the state of Minnesota. Dr. McCue is also the faculty advisor for the Leadership Studies minor.

Associate Professor with tenure, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw Michigan 2005-2010.

Co- Director, Roberts Leadership Fellowship, Saginaw Valley State University, 2008-2009, 2009-2010.

“To Tell our own Truths: Settler Postcolonialism as an Antecedent to Native American Argumentation Studies.” Networking Argument. 2017 American Forensics Association/National Communication Association conference proceedings. Forthcoming.

“Intersectional Rhetoric and the Perversity of Form: Ada Deer’s 1993 BIA Confirmation Statement as Resistive Rhetoric.” Decolonizing Public Address: American Indian Rhetoric and the Struggle for Self-Determination Casey Kelly and Jason Black ed. New York: Peter Lang. Frontiers in Political Communication series. Forthcoming.

“Losing Patience with an Imperfect President and Imperfect People.” Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on Rhetoric Robert Terrell ed. New York: Peter Lang. Frontiers in Political Communication series. October 2017. Co-authored with Derek Sweet.

“Ada Deer and the Menominee Restoration: Rethinking Native American Protest Rhetoric.” Argumentation and Advocacy, 53(1), February 2016.

“Constituting the Diasporic Collective: Irish-Americans at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.” Iowa Journal of Communication, 47(2), Fall 2015.

“Constituting "the People" as Rhetorical Interruption: Barack Obama and the Unfinished Hopes of an Imperfect People.” Communication Studies, (61.5) November-December 2010, co-authored with Derek Sweet.

Non-academic, popular press publication

“From the Razing of ‘Scaffolds,’ an Opportunity to Build.” Pioneer Press, 11 July 2017. http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/11/mccue-enser-coleman-from-the-razing-of-scaffold-an-opportunity-to-build/ co-authored with Nick Coleman.

“Letter of the Day – Farming.” Star Tribune, 12 July 2012. http://www.startribune.com/letter-of-the-day-july-12-farmers/162137115/

(2012). "The Regeneration of Robert Emmet as Ideograph and the Rhetorical Leadership of the Irish Martyr." Western States Communication Association, Annual Convention.

(2011). "Reprinting Martin Luther King Jr.: Barack Obama and the Homogenization of Injustice." Western States Communication Association, Annual Convention.

(2009). "Lincoln's Speech to the Washingtonian Temperance Society: Constitutive Metaphor and the Development of Rhetorical Leadership." National Communication Association, Annual Convention.

(2009). "Performing Rhetorical Interruptions: Barrack Obama and the Materiality of Hope." Western States Communication Association, Annual Convention. *Top four paper, Rhetoric and Public Address Division.

(2008). "He Was My Son: Judy Shephard Speaking as Mom: Consciousness Raising as a Social Tool to Create Social Change." Feminist Rhetorics for Justice Symposium. Syracuse University.

(2008). "Teaching to Retain First-Generation and Non-Traditional Students." National Communication Association, Annual Convention.

(2005). "Teaching Invitational Rhetoric." National Communication Association Annual Convention.