Barbara Jordan, April 1976,
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Broadly speaking, my research explores the role of communication in politics, education, and social change.
As a humanities-based communication scholar, I study how people use rhetoric and argumentation to negotiate identity, power, and difference. As a feminist scholar, I am particularly interested in understanding the ways that gender, race, class, sexuality, and memory shape rhetorics of inclusion and exclusion in public culture. My research appears in a number of academic journals such as 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 first book, Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945, is available from Michigan State University Press (2018) and other online retailers. Spanning a historical period that begins with their exclusion from university debates and continues through their participation in co-educational intercollegiate competitions, 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. Debating Women was awarded the 2019 James A. Winans- Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address and the 2018 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award from the American Forensic Association. Please see the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities's article on the book.
My current research is focused on two main threads: