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Pamela VanHaitsma

Pamela VanHaitsma

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Associate Director of Center for Humanities and Information

226 Sparks Building


  1. B.A., 2000, Saginaw Valley State University
  2. M.A., 2002, Ohio State University
  3. M.A., 2009, San Francisco State University
  4. Ph.D., 2014, University of Pittsburgh

Pamela VanHaitsma’s interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, the archive, and gender and sexuality studies. In her main line of research, she uses archival methods to investigate nineteenth-century rhetorical education and queer rhetorics. Her first book project is a queer history of instruction in epistolary rhetoric (forthcoming with University of South Carolina Press). Early research for the project was recognized with the Rhetoric Society of America’s 2015 Charles Kneupper Award. Also in her scholarship, Professor VanHaitsma explores pedagogical engagements with the rhetoric of information and (digital) archives. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, College Composition and Communication, College English, Journal of Basic Writing, and Peitho. In addition to teaching rhetoric courses in Communication Arts and Sciences, Professor VanHaitsma serves as an associate director of the Center for Humanities and Information.