Jason Grant

Jason Grant

Graduate Research Assistant

Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, Public Discourse, Political Discourse, Local Government, Public Administration

Jason Grant is a PhD student in the GMU Writing and Rhetoric program. He serves as the Director of Advocacy for the International City/County Management Association following a sixteen year career as a communications director in local government. Jason is particularly interested in the ways in which language and discourse shape social norms, influence public sentiment, and spur political action. Through the lens of rhetorical criticism, Jason's research investigates the relationship between local government and the people within its jurisdiction. 

Selected Publications

Grant, J., Brown, N., Johnson, T., Sears, S., Wenrich A. (2021). "The art of community engagement." PM Magazine, 18-21.

Grant, J. (2021) The COVID reset: how government work environment will be Changing. American City & County.

Courses Taught

GMU Courses
OSCM 456: Quality Management
(Teaching Assistant, Upper Division Writing)

Other Universities
Public Speaking (University of Washington and ECPI)


University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
M.A., Communication (1999)
Thesis, "Bakhtin and the Apocalyptic Rhetoric of Pat Robertson"

University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
B.A. with honors, Speech Communication (1995)