[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1497642034797{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]We believe in engaging in the important conversations surrounding our work. Over the years, the Center has supported many publications, dissertations, and conference presentations at the local, national, and international level. The following publications and presentations were supported in part by the Center and in several cases the Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment.

Books, Chapters, and Articles

Powell, Katrina M. and Katherine Randall. “Community Workshops and Rhetorics of Home in the Stories of Persons Seeking Refuge.” albeit: Journal of teaching and scholarship 5.1 (2018). Web.

Powell, Katrina M. Alexis Priestley, Katherine Randall, Pamela Teaster, and Anisa Zvonkovic. “Exploring a Policy of Displacement Related to Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” Families at the Intersection of Mental Health and Disabilities. Groves Monographs on Marriage and Family (v.5) Eds. B. Masciadrelli & A. Zvonkovic. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Publishing, Forthcoming 2018.

Powell, Katrina M., Jenny Dick-Mosher, Anisa Zvonkovic, and Pamela Teaster. “Displacing Marginalized Bodies: How Human Rights Discourses Function in the Law and in Communities.” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 29.1 (2015): 67-85.

Ren Harman, Tarryn Abrahams, David Cline, Quinn Warnick, Jessie Rogers, and Katrina Powell. “(co)Constructing Public Memories: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creating Born-Digital Oral History Archives.” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 13.2 (2017): 123-132.

Saffle, Sue. To the Bomb and Back: Finnish War Children Tell Their World War II Stories. Brooklyn: Berghahn Books, 2014.

Powell, Katrina and Pamela Takayoshi, eds. Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research Methodologies. New York: Hampton Press, 2012.

Belanger, Kelly and April Heaney. “Critical Pedagogy as Ethically Responsible Research: Challenging Programmatic and Institutional Traditions.” Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research Methodologies. Ed. Katrina Powell and Pamela Takayoshi. New York: Hampton Press. 2012.

Dannenberg, Clare, Bernice Hausman, Heidi Lawrence, and Katrina Powell. “The Moral Appeal of Environmental Discourses: The Implication of Ethical Rhetorics.” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 16.2 (2012): 212-232.

Heilker, Paul and Melanie Yergeau. “Autism and Rhetoric.” College English 73.5 (2011): 485-497.

Heilker, Paul and Jason King. “The Rhetorics of Online Autism Advocacy: A Case for Rhetorical Listening.” Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Communication. Ed. Stuart Selber. Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2010. 113-133.

Hausman, Bernice. Viral Mothers: Breastfeeding in the Age of HIV/AIDS. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2010.

Brumberger, Eva. “Document-Based Decision Making and Design: An Analysis of Medicare Part D.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 40.3 (2010): 283-310.

Gogan, Brian, Kelly Belanger, Ashley Patriarca, and Megan O’Neill. “Research Centers as Change Agents: Reshaping Work in Rhetoric and Writing.” College Composition and Communication 62.2 (2010): 336-363.

Gogan, Brian, Kelly Belanger, Ashley Patriarca, and Megan O’Neill. “A Directory of Rhetoric and Writing Research Centers.” National Council of Teachers of English, 2010.

Paretti, Marie, Lisa McNair, Diana George, and Kelly Belanger. “Reformist Possibilities?: Exploring Writing Program Cross-Campus Partnerships.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 33.1 (2009): 74-95.

Graham, Peter. “Byron and the Artifice of Sincerity.” Byron Journal 35.2 (2007): 137-150.



Katrina M. Powell. “Displacement.” Margins Conference Keynote Speaker, Clemson University, March 31, 2018.

Katrina M. Powell. “Tent Cities, Resettlement Housing, & Rhetorical Constructions of Home in Narratives of Displacement.” Temple Univ. Humanities Center Invited Speaker, Feb. 2018.

Katrina Powell. “Identity and Displacement.” Roanoke College Refugee Panel, October 25, 2017.


Powell, Katrina M. Khaled Hassouna, Katherine Randall. “Tools of Integration: A Case Study of the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership.” International Refugee Research Conference, Tutzing, Germany, March 2018.

“Mission Statements and Open-handed Engagement: Nonprofit Collaboration at Work.” Tana M. Schiewer. International Conference of the Association for Business Communication. New Orleans, LA, October 2013.

“Visually Mapping Social Activism for a Broad Audience: Barbara Johns and the 1951 Moton High School Strike.” Jen Mooney. International Visual Literacy Association Annual Conference. Portland, ME, 11 October 2012.

“The Rhetorics of Autistic Identity: Diseased, Disabled, Diverse, Shiny, Supremacist.” Paul Heilker. Contemporary Identities: Paris International ConferencesParis, France, 15 April 2011.

“A Multi-Objective Decision Support System for Title IX Compliance.” Gary Fetter, Kelly Belanger, and Mauro Falasca. ALIO-INFORMS Joint International Meeting. Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2010.

“Byron and the Artifice of Sincerity.” Peter Graham. International Byron Conference. Venice, Italy, July 2007.

“A Rhetoric of Dissent: Small Press Papers as Agents of Advocacy and Action.” Diana George and Paula Mathieu. International Rhetoric in Society Conference. Aalborg, Denmark, December 2006.


Powell, Katrina M. and Katherine Randall. “Persons Seeking Refuge, Community Workshops, and Rhetorics of Place.” Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA, June 2018.

Panel: “Living our Rhetoric: Howe Research Centers can Bridge the Academic and Public Work of Rhetoric.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO, March 2018. Powell, Katrina M. “The labor of the public turn: research, engagement, and (the ethics of) transforming communities.” Katherine Randall “Languaging at the Public Table: The Responsibility of Rhetoric Centers in Supporting Community Work.” Alexis Priestley “Doing Rhetoric: Cultivating and Networking an Octologian Space.” Carolyn Commer “An Octalogic Pedagogy for Graduate Education in Rhetoric & Composition.”

Powell, Katrina M. Khaled Hassouna, Brett Shadle, Jon Catherwood-Ginn, Laura McCarter, Katherine Randall, and Jane Wemhoener. “Refugee Integration.” International Refugee Research, Arlington Research Center, October 2017.

“Singing Solo: the War Child Story of Marja Hultin Barron.” Sue Saffle. FinnFest USA 2013. Hancock, MI, June 2013.

“Stolen Childhoods: Finnish War Children Share their Stories.” Sue Saffle. FinnFest USA 2012. Tucson, AZ, November 2012.

“Linkages, Lineages, and Designations: Leadership of Feminist Research Organizations.” Brian Gogan. Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference. East Lansing, MI, October 2009

“Seeding the Center: Leading and Structuring a Rhetoric and Writing Research Center.” Kelly Belanger. Panel with Brian Gogan, Megan Fisher, Ashley Patriarca, and Andrea Lunsford. Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

“The Rhetoric of War in Alcott’s Little Women.” Kaye Graham. Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference. Nashville, TN, March 2009.

“Funding and Framing Rhetorical Research in the Public Interest.” Kelly Belanger and Ashley Patriarca. Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Seattle, WA, May 2008.

“Rhetorical Inquiry to Change Realities.” Kelly Belanger, Katrina Powell, Beverly Moss, and Shirley Wilson Logan. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA, March 2008.

“Pathography in the Age of the Internet: The Rhetoric and Genre of Illness Blogs.” Kelly Pender. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA, April 2007.


“‘Something Had to be Done’: A Story of Girls, Women, and Collective Action in Virginia’s Civil Rights Struggle.” Jen Mooney and Kelly Belanger. Virginia Tech Department of English Faculty Colloquy/Women’s Month Presentation. 27 March 2013.

“New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement: A Virginia Tech Workshop for Teachers.” Jen Mooney and Kelly Belanger. 21 February 2013.

“The National Writing Project at Virginia Tech: The 2009 Summer Institute.” Aileen Murphy, Megan Fisher, Brian Gogan, and Ashley Patriarca. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. March 2009.


The following graduate students were supported in part by the Center for Rhetoric in Society during the development of their dissertation research:

The Nonprofit Mission Statement as Genre: Speech Acts, Social Facts, and Ecologies. Tana Schiewer. 2017. Directed by Kelly Pender.

Conscientious Objection: Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Medical Controversy. Heidi Lawrence. 2013. Directed by Bernice Hausman.

Safety at the Margins: A Rhetorical Analysis of Occupational Risk Communication in Construction. Ashley Patriarca. 2013. Directed by Carlos Evia.

From Reflection to Reflexivity: Challenging Students’ Conceptions of Writing, Self, and Society in the Community Writing Classroom. Megan O’Neill. 2012. Directed Katrina Powell.

Prenatal Testing, Rhetoric, and Disability: Down Syndrome as an Object of Discourse. Amy Reed Patterson. 2012. Directed by Bernice Hausman.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]