Carly S. Woods

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

2118 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

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 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. She is an affiliate faculty member in UMD’s Department of Women’s Studies.

Curriculum Vitae


Current Research Projects:

Dr. Woods is currently working on several projects that center on the role of gender, race, class, and public memory. In addition to continuing to explore the history of debating, she is researching the life and rhetoric of politician Barbara Jordan.

Representative 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 38 (1), 3-27.

Pfister, D.S. & Woods, C.S. (2016). The unnaturalistic enthymeme: Figuration, interpretation and critique after digital mediation. Argumentation and Advocacy 52 (4), 236-253.

Woods, C.S., Ewalt, J.P. & Baker, S.J. (2013). A matter of regionalism: Remembering Brandon Teena and Willa Cather at the Nebraska History Museum. Quarterly Journal of Speech 99 (3), 341-363.