Heather Ashley Hayes

I am a scholar, author, and global citizen critic researching, writing, organizing, and teaching. I am interested in 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. I engage work about circulations of violence and race in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

I am currently appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Rhetoric and teach in the Program in Race and Ethnic Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, USA. My first book, Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan UK) dropped in 2016. I have presented work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to various audiences both in academic spaces and outside of the university. I have also been lucky enough in my career so far to teach at institutions ranging from a small liberal arts college to a large public high school and many spaces in between. I serve as an Associate Editor in Chief for Citizen Critics (www.citizencritics.org), where I also publish work from time to time.

I love poetic aesthetics. I’m a cinephile who pens the occasional film/television review. I’m a vocal fighter for all things that I hope can make participatory democracy more just for everyone. I am a spaghetti enthusiast.

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Teach In on Syria

  • Maxey Auditorium Whitman College Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA (map)

With over 115,000 people dead, 2 million displaced persons outside Syria (half are children), 5 million persons displaced within Syria, and almost half the population in dire need of humanitarian assistance, Syria represents a massive humanitarian crisis. This teach-in will feature 5 speakers, 2 Middle East experts from off campus including Keith Watenpaugh of UC-Davis who recently returned from a trip to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (the second largest in the world) where he interviewed Syrian refugees. The speakers will lecture on various aspects of this crisis, including a possible scenario of (more) US intervention and what US involvement means in terms of broader US imperialism in the region. Heather Ashley Hayes will deliver a talk on U.S. possibilities for intervention via drones in the region.