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Editor, Women at Work: Rhetorics of Gender and Labor in the US, 1830-1950. Southern Illinois University Press. With Jessica Enoch. (Contracted.)

Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women’s Colleges, 1884-1945. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014. With Catherine L. Hobbs.

Editor, Rhetoric, History, and Women’s Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak. New York: Routledge, 2013. With Catherine L. Hobbs.

Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008. 2010 Outstanding Book Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication.



“‘Whose Hair Is It, Anyway?’ Bobbed Hair and the Rhetorical Fashioning of the Modern American Woman.” Peitho 17.2 (2015): 172-99.

“Seizing the Methodological Moment: The Digital Humanities and Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition.” College English 76.2 (2013): 105-14. Editors’ introduction, special issue on rhetorical historiography and the digital humanities. With Jessica Enoch.

“Remapping Revisionist Historiography.” College Composition and Communication 64.1 (2012): 15-34.

“Students Writing Race at Southern Public Women’s Colleges, 1884-1945.” History of Education Quarterly 50.2 (2010): 182-203.

“‘Eve Did No Wrong’: Effective Literacy at a Public College for Women.” College Composition and Communication 61.2 (2009): W177-96.

“Will the Circle Be Broken: The Rhetoric of Complaint against Student Writing.” Profession 2008: 83-93.

“‘Where Brains Had a Chance’: William Mayo and Rhetorical Instruction at East Texas Normal College.” College English 67.3 (2005): 311-30.

“‘Nothing Educates Us Like a Shock’: The Integrated Rhetoric of Melvin Tolson.” College Composition and Communication 55.2 (2003): 226-53. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Vol. 88. Ed. Michelle Lee. Detroit: Gale, 2008. 354-67.

“Beyond the Classroom Walls: Student Writing at Texas Woman’s University, 1901-1939.” Rhetoric Review 22.3 (2003): 264-81.

“The Power of Ick; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Teaching English.” The Writing Instructor (2001).


Chapters and Book Sections

“Elizabeth Ervin and the Challenge of Civic Engagement: A Composition and Rhetoric Teacher’s Struggle to Make Writing Matter.” Microhistories of Composition. Ed. Bruce McComiskey. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2016. 237-56.

“American Women Learn to Speak: New Forms of Inquiry into Women’s Rhetorics.” Introduction. Gold and Hobbs, Rhetoric, History, and Women’s Oratorical Education 1-18. With Catherine L. Hobbs.

“Writing Instruction in School and College English: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium.” A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Modern America. 3rd ed. Ed. James J. Murphy. New York: Routledge, 2012. 232-72. With Catherine L. Hobbs and James A. Berlin.

“On Keeping a Beginner’s Mind” [Interview]. Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition. Ed. Alexis E. Ramsey, Wendy B. Sharer, Barbara L’Eplattenier, and Lisa Mastrangelo. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. 42-44.

“The Accidental Archivist: Embracing Chance and Confusion in Historical Scholarship.” Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Ed. Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008. 13-19.

Contributor to Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. Ed. Carol Boyce Davies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008. Entries include “Melvin Beaunoris Tolson” (889-98), “Frederick Douglass” (397-98).

“Southerners Anonymous.” Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual, 2006. Ed. Ted Olson. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2006. 3-10.

Principal Contributor to Encyclopedia of African American Society. Ed. Gerald D Jaynes. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005. Entries include “Activists” (10-13), “Be Bop” (96-98), “Frederick Douglass” (266-69), “Educational Attainment” (284-85), “Fine Arts” (331-33), “Black Media” (529-532), and “Non-Violent Protest” (665-67).


Reviews and Editorials

Rev. of The Rhetoric of Rebel Women: Civil War Diaries and Confederate Persuasion, by Kimberly Harrison. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44.4 (2014): 383-86.

Rev. of Women and Rhetoric between the Wars, ed. Ann George, M. Elizabeth Weiser, and Janet Zepernick. Peitho 16.2 (2014): 210-15.

“The Kids Are Alwrite.” Phi Delta Kappan 86.10 (June 2005): 792-3.

Review of The Humblest May Stand Forth: Rhetoric, Empowerment, and Abolition by Jacqueline Bacon. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 32.4 (Fall 2002): 112-16.

Review of Writing in a Milieu of Utility: The Move to Technical Communication in American Engineering Programs, 1850-1950 by Teresa C. Kynell. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 31.4 (Fall 2001): 89-91.