Department Head
President-elect, The Rhetoric Society of America

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(Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington, 1994), Professor, teaches courses in rhetoric, composition and contemporary literary and cultural theory. Her recent research focuses on the historiography of rhetoric.  She is the author of Women's Ways of Making It in Rhetoric and Composition (Routledge, 2008), which details success strategies for women academics in the field, and Seduction, Sophistry, and the Woman with the Rhetorical Figure (SIUP, 2000), which examines the relationship between Woman and Sophistry and their mutual exclusion from the rhetorical tradition. Dr. Ballif is also co-editor (with Dr. Michael G. Moran) of Twentieth Century Rhetoric and Rhetoricians (Greenwood Press, 2000) and Classical Rhetorics and Rhetoricians (Greenwood Press/Praeger, 2005), and editor of Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric (SIUP, 2013). Formerly the Associate Editor for Special Issues of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Dr. Ballif is currently the President-elect of the Rhetoric Society of America.

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