Heather Ashley Hayes

I am a scholar, writer, and educator of over seventeen years. I’m interested in social implications of rhetorical practice and how humans use symbols to make meaning and address problems of common concern. My research centers on violence and discourses of terror. I write about those discourses both domestically within the US and as part of the global terror wars. I am particularly interested in the intersection of domestic sociopolitical landscapes with dynamics of global violence and war, both of which are remade through discourses of terrorism. I additionally engage work about histories and circulations of violence as they relate to race, rhetorical practice, and national security in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

I am currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and teach in both the Programs in Race and Ethnic Studies and Film and Media 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) dropped in 2016, joining a number of other article, review, and chapter length academic pieces I’ve published. I present work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to audiences in both academic spaces and outside of the university. I also serve as an Associate Editor in Chief for the public analysis space Citizen Critics, where I publish work from time to time.

I have been privileged in my career to teach at institutions ranging from a small liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest of the US to a large public high school in Texas and many spaces in between. I have worked with lots of students at various stages of their educational journey and I’m honored to have received a number of distinctions for that work. Most recently in May of 2018, I 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.

I’m moved by poetic aesthetics, especially in the form of the spoken word, sometimes set to beats. I’m a cinephile. I pen the occasional film or television review and read many. I am a pasta enthusiast. I hold an unyielding bias in favor of unfettered access to education for all in a society, simply on the basis that we’re human.

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Professor Zornitsa Keremidchieva Visits Whitman College

  • Whitman College Olin Hall Auditorium Walla Walla, WA USA (map)

Professor Zornitsa Keremidchieva is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Writing at Macalester College. Keremidchieva’s research interests focus on the intersection of feminist theory and political discourse. Her dissertation titled “The Gendering of Legislative Rationality: Women, Immigrants, and the Nationalization of Citizenship, 1918-1922,” examined the intersection of discourses about women and immigrants in Congressional rhetorics in the early 20th century. It was awarded the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in 2008. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation & Advocacy, Women & Language, Journal of Argumentation in Context, Feminist Media Studies, in edited collections such as Globalizing Intercultural Communication, The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication and The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, and in the proceedings of organizations such as International Society for the Study of Argumentation.  

At Whitman, she will deliver a talk titled, "The Nationalization of (Alien) Women: A Domestic Story with Some Global Implications." Citizenship is a systems concept that arises from both the domestic and international political order. Historically, women have been in a particularly tenuous position within the interplay of national and international political relations. In her talk, Keremidchieva will trace the rhetorical emergence of women’s citizenship as an object of legislative interest in the U.S. from the first Congress, which barely recognized women’s existence, to the post-World War I period when Congress established women’s independent citizenship and naturalization rights as a way to assert the country’s leadership in the international arena. The talk will illustrate how gendered rhetoric creates frameworks through which the international and domestic order have been aligned, how these alignments have advantaged some women at the expense of others, and why since WWI citizenship has increasingly become a tool of exclusion rather than inclusion in the international arena of politics. Thus the talk points to the (dangerous) futility of inclusion politics, and instead argues for radical, post-national feminist politics of belonging.

Professor Keremidchieva's visit is sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric and the Whitman College Visiting Educator fund.