Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, writer, and educator of over seventeen years. Her scholarly work is interested in social implications of rhetorical practice and how humans use symbols to make meaning and address problems of common concern. Her research centers on violence, race, and discourses of terror. She writes about those discourses both domestically within the US and as part of the global terror wars. Her work is particularly interested in the intersection of domestic sociopolitical landscapes with dynamics of global violence, colonialism, and war. She additionally engages work about histories and circulations of violence as they relate to race, rhetorical practice, and securitization in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

Hayes is currently appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. Her first book, Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan) dropped in 2016, joining a number of other article, review, and chapter length academic pieces. She presents work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to audiences in both academic spaces and outside of the university. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the public analysis space Citizen Critics, where she publishes work from time to time.

As a teacher, Hayes feels privileged in her career to have taught at institutions ranging from small liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest of the US to a large public high school in Texas and many spaces in between. She has worked with lots of students at various stages of their educational journeys and has been honored to receive a number of distinctions for that work. In May of 2018, she accepted Whitman College’s George Ball Excellence in Advising Award, a student nominated honor recognizing an educator for outstanding distinction in advising and mentoring students from all areas of the college.

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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.