Donna Kowal

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Associate Professor


M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh

B.S., The College at Brockport

Area(s) of Specialty:

Rhetorical criticism, political communication (especially analysis of early twentieth-century social movement discourse), history and rhetoric of American radicalism

  • Emma Goldman, Public Womanhood, and the ‘Sex Question,’ Albany, NY: SUNY Press.  2016
Articles and Book Chapters:
  • "Anarcha-Feminism." Palgrave Macmillan Handbook of Anarchism. Eds. Carl Levy and Matthew Adams (forthcoming)

  • “Anarchist Women and the Feminine Ideal: Voltairine de Claire, Emma Goldman and Lucy Parsons.” Co-authored with Catherine H. Palczewski and Linda Horwitz. The Rhetoric of Nineteenth Century Reform and the Perfecting of American Society, Vol. 5 of Rhetorical History of the United States. Ed. Martha Watson and Thomas Burkholder. Michigan State UP. 2008

  • “Digitizing and Globalizing Indigenous Voices: The Zapatista Movement.” Critical Perspectives on the Internet, Ed. Greg Elmer, Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield: 2002. 105-126.

  • “Academic/Activist, Theory/Practice: Academic Studies on Ecofeminist Activism.” Book Rev. Women’s Studies Quarterly. Vol. 14.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2001): 279-283.

  • “One Cause, Two Paths: Militant vs. Adjustive Strategies in the British and American Suffrage Movements.” Communication Quarterly. 48.3 (Summer 2000): 240-255.

  • The College at Brockport's Living Learning Communities Faculty Collaborator of the Year, 2015
  • Donald H. Ecroyd and Caroline Drummond Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award, Eastern Communication Association, 2005.
  • State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000.
Research Interests:

Rhetoric of social movements, focusing on representations of gender and culture; History and social influence of American feminism.

  • Director of the Honors College, The College at Brockport, 2009-present.
  • Past chair and program planner for the following Eastern Communication Association Interest Groups: Kenneth Burke (2004-06), Voices of Diversity (1999-2000), and Rhetoric and Public Address (1997-98).
Office: 219 Holmes Hall
Phone: (585) 395-5054

Last Updated 10/12/17

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