Alison Howard, MA

Alison Howard began teaching at Dominican in 2004 and became Department Chair in 2009. She was celebrated as Dominican's Teacher of the Year in 2015. She currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Dominican chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science honors society.

Alison Howard


Department Chair, Assistant Professor

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Office: Guzman Gazebo
Phone: 415.485.3298
Dominican Scholar Profile

Academic Areas

American Politics

Educational Background

  • BA University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA Pepperdine University
  • MA University of Oklahoma

Teaching and Research Interests

Alison teaches courses on the presidency, Congress, media and politics, and political parties and interest groups. Her research interests include the presidency, Congress, and the field of political communication.

Selected Publications


  • Co-author of Addressing the State of the Union: The Evolution and Impact of the President's Big Speech (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006).

Book Chapters

  • Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman. 2010. "Talking to Millennials: Policy Rhetoric and Rhetorical Narratives in the 2008 Presidential Campaign."  In Communication in the 2008 U.S. Election: Digital Natives Elect a President. Mitchell McKinney and Mary Banwart, eds.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.
  • Alison D. Howard. State of the Union Address. Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Lynda L. Kaid, ed. Thousand Oaks: California: Sage Publications 2008.


  • Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman. 2013. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Building American National Identity Through Art."  Perspectives on Political Science June, 2013
  • Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard. 2012. "Obama in Words and Deeds." Social Science Quarterly, December 2012
  • Alison D. Howard and Donna R. Hoffman.2007. "Policy making rhetoric and Youth Issues in the 2004 Presidential Campaign." American Behavioral Scientist, May 2007.
  • Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard. 2007. "Representations of 9-11 in Editorial Cartoons." PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2007.