Heather Adams

Heather Adams

Email: hbadams@uncg.edu
Office: MHRA 3330

 

Education

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’s research performs feminist historiography of the recent past and investigates rhetorics of reproduction, pregnancy, and motherhood in relation to affect, gender, race, and class. Her book project, “Rhetorics of Shame: A Recent History of Righteous Reproduction explores rhetorical shaming and blaming practices, both private and public, that have shaped—and that continue to shape—discussions of women’s reproduction and sexual wellbeing. Dr. Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include rhetorics of health and medicine; visual rhetorics; ethnographic methods; decolonial and intersectional theories; and undergraduate research.


Selected Publications

    • Goodbye, ‘Post Pill Paradise’: Texturing Feminist Public Memories of Women’s Reproductive and Rhetorical Agency.” Quarterly Journal of Speech Forthcoming.
    • “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.
    • “Decolonizing Projects: Creating Pluriversal Possibilities in Rhetoric.” Co-edited with Ellen Cushman. With Ellen Cushman, Rachel Jackson, Amanda Moulder, Courtney Rivard, Chelsea J. Murdock, David Grant, and Annie Laurie Nichols. Rhetoric Review 1 (2019).
    • “Rhetorics of Unwed Motherhood and Shame.” Women’s Studies in Communication 40.1 (2017). Reprinted in Mothering Rhetorics. Routledge, 2018.

Awards and Honors

  • Digital Partner Award, UNCG University Libraries, 2018-2019.
  • Course Redesign Grant from UNCG’s Transforming the Humanities project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2019.
  • Marc Friedlaender English Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG, 2018-2019.
  • UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO) Humanities Faculty Fellow, 2018-2019.
  • New Faculty Grant, UNCG, 2017-2019.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2015.
  • James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2012.