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Pamela VanHaitsma

Pamela VanHaitsma

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Associate Director of Center for Humanities and Information

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  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, archives and information, and gender and sexuality studies. In her main line of research, she uses archival methods and queer methodologies to study nineteenth-century rhetorical education. Her first book, Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education, is a queer history of epistolary rhetoric (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). 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 the rhetorical and pedagogical dimensions of archives. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric Society QuarterlyRhetoric & Public AffairsAdvances in the History of RhetoricRhetoric ReviewCollege Composition and Communication, and Peitho, among others. In addition to her role in Communication Arts and Sciences, Professor VanHaitsma serves as associate director of the Center for Humanities and Information and affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.