Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, author, and global citizen critic researching, writing, organizing, and teaching. Working from a PhD in communication studies and rhetoric with additional background in anthropological fieldwork methods, her interest focuses on the social implications of racialized violence and discourses of terrorism, both domestically and sometimes as part of the global, decades long US-led war on terror both within the United States and abroad. She engages work about circulations of violence and race in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

Dr. Hayes is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Rhetoric and teaches in the Program in Race and Ethnic Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, USA. She is the author of Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Committed to public and global deliberation, she has presented her work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to diverse audiences, has taught at both a small liberal arts college and a large public high school and many institutions in between, and serves as Terrorism and Middle East desk editor for Citizen Critics (www.citizencritics.org), where she also is a contributor.

She also loves poetic aesthetics, she’s a cinephile who publishes the occasional film/television review, and she’s a vocal fighter for all things that make participatory democracy more fair and just.

“Democracy will be a farce unless individuals are trained to think for themselves, to judge independently, to be critical, to be able to detect subtle propaganda and the motives which inspire it.” — John Dewey, “American Education Past and Future,” 1931

I part of an exciting new project, working as an Associate Editor with the Citizen Critics collective. I can also be found there as a writer and as the lead desk editor for Terrorism and Middle East policy. Our mission statement is as follows:

"We are the citizen critics collective. Citizen Critics is a nonpartisan, independent analysis space that promotes critical analysis and discussion of politics and other matters of the public good with a focus on language use, misuse, and abuse. We write and promote work from the academic community and from experts in the myriad desks from which we publish for a broad, global audience. Citizen Critics is a not-for-profit collaboration; the small team of editors works with scholars and experts in various fields across the world to craft pieces that appeal to a wide audience. We use our reason in public. Our goal is to provide rigorous but accessible analysis that holds public figures accountable for their discourse and policies."

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We launched on Inauguration Day, 2017 and would love new readers! We also are looking for writers who are working on critical analysis of political discourse. Contact information can be found on the website.

Find us at www.citizencritics.org. My writing for the site can be found below. And, scroll down to find our social media feeds so you can stay plugged into the work of the collective!

Critics Chat: Democratic Identity and the 2018 Midterms

With: Professors Mark Hlavacik, Rita Shah, Ryan Skinnell, and Michael Steudeman

November 4, 2018


It’s Not Just Violent Rhetoric, It’s the Power of Rhetorical Violence We Should Be Worried About

October 31, 2018


Post 9/11 Terror Discourse Boomerangs Home

August 4, 2017


A Complicated Understanding of Friendship: The Discourse of U.N. Resolution 2334

January 20, 2017


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