Barbara Jordan, April 1976,
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Broadly speaking, I study how people use communication to negotiate identity, power, and difference.
More specifically, I am interested in rhetorics of belonging and exclusion within education, politics, and social movements. As a humanities-based communication scholar with a passion for history and feminist studies, my work is particularly attuned to the importance of gender, race, class, sexuality and nation within these contexts. My research is published in a number of academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Women's Studies in Communication, and Argumentation and Advocacy. A full CV is available on my departmental page.
My book, Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945, is available from Michigan State University Press (2018) and other online retailers. Debating Women highlights the crucial role that debating organizations played as nineteenth and twentieth century women sought to access the fruits of higher education in the United States and United Kingdom. It was awarded the National Communication Association's 2019 James A. Winans- Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address and the American Forensic Association's 2018 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award. Please see the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities's article on the book.
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