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About Margret McCue-Enser, PhD

Dr. Margret McCue-Enser teaches and researches rhetoric of place with a focus on Indigenous activism and settler colonialism.

Dr. McCue's work has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Communication Studies. Her work is included in Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric (2018, Kelly and Black, eds.) Her research includes collaborative work with Luther professor Derek Sweet on the rhetoric of President Barack Obama which resulted in the Communication Studies article as well a as a book chapter in Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on Rhetoric (2017, Terrell, ed.). McCue-Enser has published work on Ada Deer (Menominee) who led lobbying and later testimony in the restoration of the Menominee nation. McCue-Enser has also published work on Deer's 1993 confirmation statement as the first Native American woman to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Most recently, Dr. McCue's article "Genocide in the Sculpture Garden and Talking Back to Settler Colonialism," won the 2021 top article award from the American Cultural Studies division of the National Communication Association. Dr. McCue is currently writing a manuscript on Indigenous activism and settler colonialism. 

As an undergraduate, McCue-Enser studied Communication and German. She obtained her master's degree at Colorado State University in Speech Communication, focusing on the rhetorical strategies of power feminists. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Iowa where she studied the contemporary gender and rhetoric. She taught as an instructor in the department of Communication Studies at Saint Catherine University while completing her Ph.D. At Saginaw Valley State University McCue-Enser earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and served as co-director of the Roberts Fellowship. McCue-Enser was given the distinct honor of being named an honorary Roberts Fellow.


Present Associate Professor, Communication Studies, St. Catherine University Communication Studies Department

Curriculum Vitae



2021 - 2021 Strengthening Institutions Program
U.S. Department of Education
Colleague(s): Rafael Cervantes, Ph.D.
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Founding Member, NCA Indigenous Caucus
2020 - Present Department Assessment Lead, Lead
2018 - Present Board Member, Griffin-Harte Foundation
2022 - 2022 Search committee Dean for the School of Arts Humanities and Sciences, Co-chair
2022 - 2022 Respondent Central States Communication Association Rhetorical Studies Division, Respondent
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Honors and Awards

  • Top article award, American Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2021 "Genocide in the Sculpture Garden and Talking Back to Settler Colonialism," Quarterly Journal of Speech, 106.2, 2020


2006 PhD, University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa ‐ Communication
2002 MA, University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa ‐ Communication
2000 MA, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado ‐ Speech Communication
2000 MA, Colorado State University. Fort Collins, Colorado ‐ Certificate in Women's Studies
1996 BA, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University ‐ Communication and German

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6680


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