Svilen V Trifonov

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Svilen V. Trifonov is a Graduate Instructor and PhD Student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses in the area of public address, with a particular emphasis on presidential rhetoric, foreign policy, and protest discourses. His dissertation research examines contemporary immigrant rights activist rhetoric.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Expected 2018.
  • M.A.: Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 2013.
  • B.A.: Communication Arts, Concord University, Athens, WV, May 2010.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Immigration Rhetoric
  • U.S. Public Address
  • Presidential Rhetoric
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Critical race theory
  • Rhetoric of Contemporary Race Relations
Courses Taught
  • COMM 1101 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMM 5615W Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism
  • COMM 3605W Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing
  • COMM 1911: Intro to Crisis Communication
  • Trifonov, Svilen Veselinov (2017). Performing prudence: Barack Obama’s defense of NSA surveillance programs. Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 20 (1), 28-46. Link
  • Trifonov, Svilen Veselinov (2016). Twenty-five years of democracy, twenty-five years of social protest: The role of the carnivalesque in Bulgaria’s 2013 antigovernment protests. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1-18. Link
  • Trifonov, Svilen Veselinov (2016). Met His Every Goal? James K. Polk and the Legends of Manifest Destiny, by Tom Chaffin. Southern Communication Journal, 81 (3), 184-186. Link
  • Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, 2016 - 2017
  • Old Buffalo Doctoral Research Award, University of Minnesota, June 2017 - August 2017
  • Scott, Jensen, Campbell Fellowship, University of Minnesota, June 2016 - August 2016
  • “The Absence of Race in Barack Obama’s Rhetoric of Immigration: Securing the Hegemonic Normativity of Whiteness,” included in the Top Three Papers in Rhetoric and Public Address, Western States Communication Association Convention, Anaheim, CA, February 2014.
  • Masters Instructor of the Year, Eta Phi CU-Boulder Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, 2013, Department of Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • Top Graduate Paper Award, Rocky Mountain Communication Association, April 2013, Loveland, CO.
  • Ronald R. Burgher Outstanding Student in Communication Arts 2009-2010, Concord University, May 2010, Athens, WV