Heather Adams

Heather Adams

Heather Adams

Email: hbadams@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 3330


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University-2012
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English/Middlebury College–2008
M.A. University of Maryland College Park–2008
B.A. University of Mount Union (formerly Mount Union College)-2000

Research Interests

Dr. Adams currently serves as director of the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium. She is a PI for and the director of Humanities at Work, a Mellon Foundation-funded paid-internship program at UNCG.

Dr. Adams’s feminist rhetorical research investigates reproduction and pregnancy in relation to affect, gender, race, and class. She published Enduring Shame: A Recent History of Unwed Pregnancy and Righteous Reproduction (University of South Carolina Press) in 2022. The book was awarded the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition’s Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award in 2024. Her most recent book, with Dr. Nancy Myers, is the collection Inclusive Aims: Rhetoric’s Role in Reproductive Justice (Parlor Press, 2024).

Dr. Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include advocacy, rhetorics of health and wellness, visual rhetorics, intersectional feminist methodologies, and undergraduate research. She regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in these and related areas.

Dr. Adams is a cross-appointed faculty member in UNCG’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. She is also a board member for Switchback Books and an advisory board member of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Selected Publications

  • “Teaching Health Justice: Centering Reproduction.” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine journal 4.4 (2021).
  • “Acting with Algorithms: Feminist Propositions for Rhetorical Agency” With Risa Applegarth and Amber Hester Simpson. Computers and Composition 57 (2020).
  • “Goodbye, ‘Post Pill Paradise’: Texturing Feminist Public Memories of Women’s Reproductive and Rhetorical Agency.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 105.4 (2019).
  • “The Feminist Work of Unsticking Shame: Affective Realignment in the 1973 Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.Peitho 21.3 (2019).
  • “Institutional ‘Protections’, Assumptions of Research, and the Challenges of Compliance: Opening a Conversation Space for Feminist Scholars Working with Participants.” In Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Parlor Press, 2019.

Awards and Honors

  • Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean’s Professor in the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences 2021-2022
  • Partnership Award, University of North Carolina Greensboro Division of Student Affairs, 2023.
  • Marc Friedlaender English Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG, 2018-2019; 2022-2023.
  • Course Redesign Grant from UNCG’s Transforming the Humanities project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2019.
  • UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO) Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2018-2019.
  • James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2012.



Article by Heather Adams

Women At Work

Article by Heather Adams

Enduring Shame

by Heather Adams