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University of Maryland
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debate, argumentation, gender, women in politics, public speaking, communication, education
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About Me

Dr. Carly S. Woods researches and teaches about argumentation, social change, and the rhetoric of diverse voices. Her work focuses on how deliberation and debate can be used to negotiate identity, power, and social difference. She draws from feminist, cultural, and rhetorical theory to explore histories of public address and argument, with an eye toward how they might inform contemporary discourse. Her publications appear in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Argumentation and Advocacy, Women’s Studies in Communication, and elsewhere. Woods is the recipient of the Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award, the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Research Development Grant, the American Society for the History of Rhetoric’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Helen F. Faust Women Writers Award, and several teaching honors. Woods is the author of Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945 (Michigan State University Press, 2018) , a book that traces the history of women’s debating societies in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is especially happy to be contacted about stories dealing with the history of gender and communication and/or debate.

Recent Publications

Woods, C.S. (2018). Debating women: Gender, education, and spaces for argument, 1835-1945. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Kennerly, M. & Woods, C.S. (2018). Moving Rhetorica. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 48 (1), 3-27.

Woods, C.S. (2017).Taking women seriously: Debaters, faculty allies, and the feminist work of debating in the 1930s and 1940s. In J. M. Hogan, J. A. Kurr, M.J. Bergmaier, and J.D. Johnson (Eds.), Speech and Debate as Civic Education. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Women