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 is a 2021-2022 Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean’s Professor in the
UNCG College of Arts and Sciences. Her research performs feminist historiography of the recent
past and investigates large themes such as health and wellness through a focus on rhetorics of
reproduction and pregnancy in relation to affect, gender, race, and class. Her forthcoming
monograph, Enduring Shame: A Recent History of Unwed Pregnancy and Righteous
Reproduction will be published by the University of South Carolina Press. The book explores
rhetorical shaming and blaming practices, both private and public, that have shaped—and that
continue to shape—discussions of gendered reproduction and sexual wellbeing. Dr. Adams is
also currently co-editing a collection with Dr. Nancy Myers on rhetorics of reproduction. Dr.
Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include advocacy, teaching writing at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, 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

  • “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

  • 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.