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Tim Shaffer

Tim Shaffer

The state of political discourse and civility in the United States has become a major topic, particularly with the arrest of a Florida man for sending package bombs to leading Democrats. Republicans, too, have been targets of uncivility and violence.

Kansas State University's Tim Shaffer, assistant professor of communication studies and assistant director of the university's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, is co-editor of the soon-to-be-released book "A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and its Discontents" from publisher Routledge.

According to Shaffer, the book presents and develops a more robust discussion of what civility is, why it matters, what factors might contribute to it, and what its consequences are for democratic life.

Shaffer can be contacted at tjshaffer@k-state.edu or 785-532-6875.

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