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’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 monograph 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. She is also currently co-editing a collection with Dr. Nancy Myers on rhetorics of reproduction. Dr. Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include rhetorics of health and medicine; visual rhetorics; intersectional feminist methodologies; and undergraduate research. She is a cross-appointed faculty member in UNCG’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Selected Publications

    • “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.
    • “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 38.1 (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.