Meridith Styer

Professional Track Faculty

Ph.D., University of Maryland

2130 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Styer teaches courses in rhetorical theory and methods, public address, feminist rhetoric, and argumentation. Her research uses critical feminist rhetorical theory and archival scholarship to study how women in oppressive or marginalizing contexts create voice for themselves, engage in the public sphere, and shape their societies. Her dissertation recovered and examined records of Susan B. Anthony’s extemporaneous speeches to argue that the form of extemporaneous speaking served as a performance of citizenship is Anthony’s arguments for woman suffrage. 

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications:

Meridith Styer. “Nineteenth Century Extemporaneous Speaking Culture: Susan B. Anthony’s Extemporaneous Speaking for Woman Suffrage.” Women’s Studies in Communication 40, no. 4, (October 2017):

Meridith Styer. “The Pen of Puritan Womanhood: Anne Bradstreet’s Personal Poetry as Catechism on Godly Womanhood.” Rhetoric Review 36, no. 1 (January 2017): 15-28.