He has degrees in communication and rhetorical theory from California State University at Sacramento and the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D. 1972). A native of Colorado, he has taught in England as well as in the United States, and has undertaken research supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and The College of New Jersey at the LBJ Library, the JFK Library, Britain’s House of Commons, CBS News and C-SPAN. His comments on political topics have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Star Ledger, the Dallas Morning News, CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and other news outlets.
Early publications include the landmark Political Communication in America with Robert E. Denton Jr. (Praeger, 1999). He has also written articles and books about the press and the military, persuasion to “hostile” audiences, and conventional reporting patterns in American political media. In addition to an active career as a teacher, book reviewer, blogger and columnist, his more recent scholarly work is The Rhetoric of Intention in Human Affairs (Lexington, 2013). He has also written The Perfect Response: Studies of The Rhetorical Personality (Lexington, 2010), Center Stage: Media and the Staging of American Politics (Roman and Littlefield, 2007), The Idea of Identification (State University of New York Press, 2003), Perspectives on American Political Media (Allyn and Bacon, 1997) and Persuasive Encounters: Case Studies in Constructive Confrontation (Praeger, 1991). Woodward is co-author (with Robert E. Denton, Jr.) of Persuasion and Influence in American Life, Seventh Edition , 2014). He is a member of the National Communication Association and The Rhetoric Society of America, and the editor of a new Lexington series, Studies in Contemporary Rhetoric. This is his fourth year of involvement with this Public Scholarship Project. Works from the project are available on this site, and in Communication in a Distracted World: Notes from all over, an e-book available here.