David Beard is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric in the Department of English, Linguistics and Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
He researches the history, theory and pedagogy of rhetoric. His work rethinks audience theory for the 21st century. He draws upon rhetorical and communication theories of audience to rethink popular media audiences, the role of sound and listening in audience behavior, and the payoff for the writing classroom.
He has published in journals like the International Journal of Listening, Archival Science, Philosophy and Rhetoric (where he won the Rohrer Award with his co-author, William Keith), Southern Journal of Communication, and Enculturation, among other venues. With Richard Enos, he edited Advances in the History of Rhetoric (Parlor Press).
With John Heppen, he has published on professional wrestling in Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium and in Iconic Sports Venues: Persuasion in Public Spaces.