Dr. Marco Ehrl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He earned his first M.A. in Communication and American Studies from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. He earned his second M.A. in Communication from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Communication from Texas A&M University. His research explores European and International crisis narratives, global media, and rhetoric. Using mixed methods, Marco’s research examines how political crisis narrators like the media, public spheres, and political leaders define the causes, consequences, and cures of political crises. Dr. Ehrl has presented his research at conferences including the International Association for Media and Communication Research, the International Society for the Study of Argumentation, the National Communication Association, and the Rhetoric Society of America. Dr. Ehrl also works with the Pentagon-based Strategic Multi-Layered Assessment Group conducting open-source intelligence research.
The financial crisis in 2008, the refugee crisis in 2015, and Brexit in 2016. Transnational crisis situations continue to define our political worlds. How do political opinion leaders like the media, public spheres, and politicians define the causes, consequences, and cures of an emerging crisis narrative?
Crisis Communication and Political Rhetoric:
A political crisis often implies a breakdown in the symbol-system that legitimated the pre-crisis political order. Public statements from elected officials during a crisis create opportunities and constraints for officials to (re)build political legitimacy.
2014 - 2018
Texas A&M University
Ph.D. | Communication
2012 - 2014
Central Michigan University
M.A. | Communication
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
M.A. | Communication & American Studies
Qualitative & Quantitative Media Analyses:
Political crises do not exist as such but they are socially constructed by the media, public spheres, and the political elite. A mixed-methods approach allows me to trace the numerical and rhetorical trajectories of media narratives.