Judith Trent received her bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan. In addition, she received her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are primarily in political communication with a strong focus on communication in presidential campaigns, and the campaign strategies and rhetorical style of women in elective politics. She teaches upper division undergraduate courses such as: "Communication and Women in Elective Politics," the "Rhetoric of Presidential Debates," "Generic Criticism and Presidential Rhetoric," and graduate courses in "Presidential Campaign Communication," and "Persuasion Theory." Dr. Trent is also the author, co-author, or editor of 23 books or book chapters, 39 academic journal articles and more than 200 presentations at state, regional, national and international communication conferences. This year Dr. Trent received an Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University.