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Greg Goodale

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies



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How Donald Trump is changing presidential communication

How might President-​​Elect Donald Trump’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion tac­tics change the future of pres­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tion? One expert says, “Trump’s use of Twitter is more evo­lu­tion than rev­o­lu­tion. It’s his lan­guage that is rev­o­lu­tionary, and I sus­pect that lan­guage will per­ma­nently alter polit­ical com­mu­ni­ca­tion styles.” We spoke with jour­nalism and polit­ical sci­ence experts to find out more.


The power of words (even when they aren’t your own)

Accu­sa­tions of pla­gia­rism against Melania Trump fol­lowing her speech at the Repub­lican National Con­ven­tion on Monday have raised ques­tions about the line between bor­rowing and crib­bing someone else’s words. We asked former speech­writer Greg Goodale, asso­ciate pro­fessor at North­eastern, when a speech crosses that line and whether Trump did.


Public art project confronts street harassment

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3Qs: How Obama won, and the road ahead

We asked three fac­ulty experts to weigh in on Barack Obama’s elec­tion night vic­tory and what we can expect from him going forward.


Election 2012: all-​​day analysis

A day after the nation went to the polls, we’re talking to North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s elec­toral win over Repub­lican Mitt Romney, despite an extremely close pop­ular vote count. Check in throughout the day to see what experts from across the uni­ver­sity are saying about what the results mean for the nation and the world.


3Qs: Candidates spar in aggressive VP debate

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Faculty Reads, Volume Eight

In the eighth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the per­sua­sive use of sounds, inter­preting the day’s news in a post-​​9/​11 reli­gious land­scape and Croatia’s decade of archi­tec­tural experimentation.

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3Qs: Technology and the power of sound

In his new book, “Sonic Per­sua­sion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age,” Greg Goodale, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, crit­i­cally ana­lyzes how a wide range of actual sounds — from U.S. pres­i­dents’ audio record­ings to car­toon sound­tracks — have been used as per­sua­sive devices, often pro­viding greater meaning to inter­pre­ta­tions of iden­tity, cul­ture and history.

Greg Goodale

Workshop offers behind-​​the-​​scenes look at politics

Service-​​learning course intro­duces stu­dents to the nuts and bolts of how laws get passed.

The state of the State of the Union

As the nation rebounds from eco­nomic dis­aster and faces polit­ical divide in Wash­ington, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama deliv­ered his State of the Union address Tuesday night that put the economy front […]

Beacon Hill bound

North­eastern stu­dents lobby state leg­is­la­tors to pass a bill on behalf of local foster youth

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


The Presidential Sound: From Orotund to Instructional Speech, 1892-1912

Quarterly Journal of Speech 96, no. 2 (May 2010).


Black and White: Vestiges of Biracialism in American Discourse

(with Jeremy Engels) Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 7, no. 1 (March 2010).


Celebrity and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

(with Carey Noland, David Marshall, and Hans Schlecht) Journal of Health and Mass Communication 1, no. 3-4 (Summer/Fall 2009).

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