Catherine Helen Palczewski, PhD

Publications -- listed in reverse chronological order:

Catherine H. Palczewski, Richard Ice, John Fritch, and Ryan McGeough. Rhetoric in Civic Life, 3nd edition. State College, PA: Strata Publications. Due June 2018.

Catherine H. Palczewski, Victoria DeFrancisco, and Danielle Dick McGeough. Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction, 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. In press.

“Women at the Little Big Horn: Circumferences of Memory.” Decolonizing Public Address: American Indian Rhetoric and the Struggle for Self-Determination, edited by Casey Ryan Kelly, Ph.D. and Jason Edward Black, Ph.D. New York: Peter Lang. To be submited October 1, 2017.

Book Review of Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action, by Thomas Benson. Quarterly Journal of Speech. In press.

“Argument Constellations in Voting Rights Debates.” Recovering Argument. Ed. Randall A. Lake. New York: Routledge, 2017. In press.  

“Beyond Peitho: The Women’s Debate Institute as Civic Education.” Speech and Debate as Civic Education. Ed. J. Michael Hogan, Jessica A. Kurr, Michael J. Bergmaier, and Jeremy D. Johnson. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. In press.

With Kelsey Harr-Lagin. “Pledge-a-Picketer, Power, Protest and Publicity: Explaining Protest when the State is not the Opposition.” What Democracy Looks Like: The Rhetoric of Social Movements and Counterpublics. Ed. Christina Foust, Katherine Rogness, and Amy Pason.Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2017. 129-151.

Leo Groarke, Catherine H. Palczewski, and David Godden (Eds.). “Navigating the Visual Turn in Argument.” Introduction to a special issue, “Twenty Years of Visual Argument,” for Argumentation and Advocacy 52.4 (Spring 2016): 217-235. 

“The 1919 Prison Special: Constituting White Women's Citizenship.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 102.2 (May 2016): 107-132. Lead essay. find article

“Feminisms and Argument.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ed. Nancy Naples, Renee C. Hooglan, Maithree Wickramasinghe, and Angela Wong. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2015.

Ryan E. McGeough, Catherine H. Palczewski, and Randall A. Lake. “Oppositional Memory Practices: U.S. Memorial Spaces as Arguments over Public Memory,” Argumentation and Advocacy 51.4 (Spring 2015): 231-254. find article

  Editor. Disturbing Argument. New York: Routledge, 2015. (70 essays, 237,000 words). 451 pages. purchase book


  With Victoria DeFrancisco and Danielle Dick McGeough. Gender in Communication: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2014. Appropved for a 3rd edition, coming out in Fall 2017.

With Charles Morris, III. “Sexing Communication.” In The Unfinished Conversation: 100 Years of Communication Studies. Ed. Pat J. Gehrke and William Keith. Washington, DC: Routledge, 2014. 128-165.

With Linda Horwitz. “Racing/Sexing the Rhetorical Situation: Angela Davis’s Embodied Contextual Reconstruction.” To be published in Remember Race: Critical Studies in the Age of Obama. Eds. Michael G. Lacy and Mary E. Triece. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 175-196.


With Richard Ice and John Fritch. Rhetoric in Civic Life. State College, PA: Strata Publications, 2012. Second edition now available, 2016.purchase the book

“When Body Argument Becomes Militant Argument.” In Reasoned Argument and Social Change. Ed. Robert C. Rowland. Washington, DC: NCA, 2011. 379-86.

“Domesticating Repression: Responses to Suffrage Advocates’ Body Argument in Postcards Depicting Police and Suffrage Advocates’ Interactions.” In The Functions of Argument in Social Context. Ed. Dennis S. Gouran. Washington, DC: NCA, 2010. 365-374.

With Marybeth C. Stalp. “An Interdisciplinary Consideration of Marginality.” UNIversitas 5.2 (Fall 2009). Web. <>.

“Reproductive Freedom: Transforming Discourses of Choice.” In Contemplating Maternity: Discourses of Choice and Control. Ed. Sara Hayden and Lynn O’Brien Hallstein. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. 73-94. Organization for the Study of Culture, Language, and Gender’s 2011 Outstanding Book Award for an edited volume.

With Ryan McGeough. “Counter-monuments, Contested Memories and Public Accountability: The Hamburg Monument Against Fascism, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and the Fetterman Battlefield Memorial.” Concerning Argument. Ed. Scott Jacobs. Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association, 2009. 536-546.

With Donna Marie Kowal and Linda Diane Horwitz. "Anarchist Women and the Feminine Ideal: Sex, Class and Style in the Rhetoric of Voltairine de Cleyre, Emma Goldman, and Lucy Parsons. The Rhetoric of Nineteenth-Century Reform, Volume 5 of the Rhetorical History of the United States. Ed. Martha Soloman Watson and Thomas Burkholder. East Lansing: MI: Michigan State University Press, 2008. 309-353. purchase the book

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With Victoria DeFrancisco. Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., July 2007. Shortlisted for the International Gender and Language Book Prize 2008. Reviewed in Gender and Language, Gender in Management: An International Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, PsychCRITIQUES, The Review of Communication, Women and Language.

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With John Fritch, Eric Short and Jennifer Farrell. “Disingenuous Controversy: Responses to Ward Churchill’s 9/11 Essay.” Argumentation and Advocacy 42.4 (Spring 2006): 190-205. Lead essay. find article

With John Fritch, Eric Short and Jennifer Farrell. “Ripe for Controversy: Churchill’s 9/11 Essay.” Engaging Argument. Ed. Patty Riley. Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association, 2007. 348-358.

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“The Male Madonna and the Feminine Uncle Sam: Visual Argument, Icons, and Ideographs in 1909 Anti-Woman Suffrage Postcards.” The Quarterly Journal of Speech 91.4 (November 2005): 365-394. Reprinted in Readings in Argumentation, ed. Angela Aguayo and Tim Steffensmeier (State College, PA: Strata, Spring 2008) and in Readings in Rhetorical Criticism 4th edition, ed. Carl Burgchardt (State College, PA: Strata, 2009). find article


“When Times Collide: Ward Churchill’s Use of an Epideictic Moment to Ground Forensic Argument.” Argumentation and Advocacy 41 (Winter 2005): 123-138. Lead essay. find article

Book review of John M. Sloop’s Disciplining Gender. Argumentation and Advocacy 41.4 (Spring 2005): 244-246. find article

with Randall A. Lake, “Ward Churchill,” in Contemporary American Orators, edited by Bernard K. Duffy and Richard Leeman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 71-77.

with Randall Lake, “Russell Means,” in Contemporary American Orators, edited by Bernard K. Duffy and Richard Leeman.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 316-323.

“’It is Just What I do’ to ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’: Youth Voters’ Considerations of Voting as Instrument and Ritual.”  Written with the Fall 2002 Political Communication Class.  Iowa Journal of Communication 36.1 (September 2004): 45-69.

"The U.S. Office of Global Communications: Failures of Hierarchical Communication in an Era of Globalization." With Alexander Laskin, first author. Controversia 2.2 (Fall 2003): 74-91.

"What is 'Good Criticism'? A Conversation in Progress." Communication Studies 54.3 (Fall 2003): 385-92. find article

"The Home Side of Global Feminism: Why Hasn't the Global Found a Home in the U.S.?" With Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco and Margaret R. LaWare. Women & Language 26 (Spring 2003): 100-109. find article

Book review of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn's Anti-Indianism in Modern America. Rhetoric & Public Affairs 5:3 (Fall 2002): 559-561.

"Keynote Address: Argument in an Off Key." Communicative Reason and Communication Communities. Edited by G. Thomas Goodnight, et al. NCA: Washington, D.C., 2002. 1-23.

"Contesting Pornography: Terministic Catharsis and Definitional Argument." Argumentation and Advocacy 38 (Summer 2001): 1-17. Lead essay. Winner of the 2002 AFA Rohrer Research Award. find article

"Cyber-movements, New Social Movements, and Counter-publics." In Counterpublics and the State. Ed. Daniel Brouwer and Robert Asen. New York: SUNY Press, 2001. 163-188.

With Katherine L. Turpen . "If You Let Me Play: Arguments for Title IX and Gender Equity in College Athletics." Iowa Journal of Communication. 32 (Fall 2000): 83-103.

"Unraveling Why Woman is not a Verb." In Readings in Gendered Context. Ed. Mary Rose Williams and Phil Backlund. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004. 76-90.

Book review of Vernacular Voices, by Gerard A. Hauser. Rhetoric & Public Affairs. 3 (Winter 2000): 682-4.

"The 1999 U.S./Japan Debate Exchange." Japan Debate Association Newsletter August 5, 1999. URL:

"Neutrality as Advocacy: The Argumentative Dynamics in a State-sponsored, 'Neutral', Educational Abortion Video." In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. Ed. Frans H. van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst, J. Anthony Blair, and Charles A. Willard. Amsterdam: Sic Sat, 1999. 626-630.

"Clara Driscoll." American National Biography, Vol. 6. Ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 924-926.

"Voltairine de Cleyre." American National Biography, Vol. 6. Ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 329-330.

"Neutrality as Advocacy: The Argumentative Dynamics in a State-sponsored, 'Neutral,' Educational Abortion Video." Iowa Journal of Communication 30 (Fall 1998): 20-37.

"'Tak[e] the helm,' man the ship . . . and I forgot my bikini!: Unraveling why woman is not considered a verb." Women and Language 21 (Fall 1998) 1-8. Lead essay. find article

"Bodies that Argue: Power, Difference and Argument." In Argument in a Time of Change: Definitions, Frameworks, and Critiques. Ed. James Klumpp. Annandale: NCA, 1998. 179-184.

"Campaign '96 and Political Communication Pedagogy: An Introduction." Iowa Journal of Communication 29 (Fall 1997): 4-10.

"Special Issue: Argumentation and Feminisms." Guest Editor. Argumentation and Advocacy (Spring 1996). 161-9.

"Bodies, Borders and Letters: Gloria Anzaldúa's 'Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers.'" The Southern Communication Journal 62 (Fall 1996): 1-16. Lead essay. find article

"Grading Discussion: Developing Clear Criteria." The Speech Communication Teacher (Summer 1996): 10-2.

"Fostering a Culture of Teaching." In A University in Pursuit of Quality: The Future of Learning and Teaching at the University of Northern Iowa. Ed. G. Roger Sell and Barbara Lounsberry. Center for the Enhancement of Teaching: Cedar Falls, Iowa, March 1996. 33-35.

"Definitional Argument: Approaching a Theory." In Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference on Argumentation. Ed. Sally Jackson. Annandale: SCA, 1995. 176-86.

"Survivor Testimony in the Pornography Controversy: Assessing Credibility in Argument from Example in the Attorney General's Report." In Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation. Ed. Edward Schiappa. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. 257-81.

"Voltairine de Cleyre: Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Slavery in the 19th Century." National Women's Studies Association Journal 7 (Fall 1995): 54-68.

"Catharine MacKinnon: Feminist Unmodified." In Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925 to the Present: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994. 287-305.

"Book Review of Lines of Argument: Core Volume, For Policy Debate, and For Value Debate by C. Winkler, W. Newnam, and D. Birdsell." The Forensic 79 (Summer 1994): 67-70.

"Voltairine de Cleyre: Feminist Anarchist." In Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993. 143-55.

"Public Policy Argument and Survivor Testimony: Pro-Ordinance Conservatives, Confession, Mediation, and Recuperation." In Argument and the Postmodern Challenge: Proceedings of the Eighth SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Ed. Raymie E. McKerrow. Annandale: SCA, November 1993. 461-7.

With Arnie Madsen. "The Divisiveness of Diversity: President Bush's University of Michigan Commencement Speech and the Relation between Argumentative Framing and 'Turnarounds'." Argumentation and Advocacy 30 (Summer 1993): 16-27. find article

"Civil Religion and Public Argument: Reagan as Public Priest of the Antiabortion Movement." In Reagan and Public Discourse in America. Ed. Michael Weiler and W. Barnett Pearce. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1992. 266-84.

"Controversy in the Classroom, or A Reconstruction of Classroom Etiquette (It is Not Impolite to Disagree)." Faculty Development (Winter 1992): 4-5.

"Ballot from the 1990 Final Round of the National Debate Tournament." In Report on the 44th National Debate Tournament. Ed. Bill Southworth. Redlands, CA: University of Redlands, 1990.

Chapter One: "Enhancing the Quality of Life for Aging Citizens: A General View." In Enhancing the Quality of Life for Aging Citizens. Ed. Catherine Palczewski and Lynn Goodnight. Lincolnwood, Ill.: National Textbook Company, 1988. 3-15.