Jennifer “Jen” Wingard is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy and a faculty affiliate to the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Houston. Over the past fifteen years, she helped design and implement the new Ph.D. concentration in Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy, revised the Major Requirements, and revised the PhD and MA programs.
She specializes in 20th Century Rhetorical Theory, Transnational Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, and Materialist Theories of Teaching English in the Corporate University. Her scholarship focuses on the impact of global neoliberal economics on civic, democratic discourses. Her first book Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State (Lexington Books 2013) focuses on the ubiquitous nature of political branding and its impact on immigrant and GLBT communities. Her scholarship has appeared in Reflections, Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC), and other interdisciplinary edited collections. Additionally, she has been interviewed as an expert by National Public Radio (NPR), The New York Times, U.S.A Today, and The Washington Post among other popular media outlets. She is currently working on her second monograph titled: Texas we have a Problem: The contradiction of Gender in the Neoliberal State, which discusses the legislative assault on gendered bodies in Texas and the U.S.
- PhD Syracuse University, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
- MA California State University, Sacramento, English
- BA California State University, Sacramento, English with Emphasis in Teaching at the Secondary Level
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- Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies (2008)
- Certificate in Teaching College Composition (2002)
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- Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation- State. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013. Second edition printed February 2015
- Review. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 44.2 (April 2014). 197-9.
- Texas we Have a Problem: The Contradiction of Gender in a Neoliberal State. (In Progress)
- Neoliberalism, Culture, and Everyday Life. Co-edited with Rebecca Dingo and Rachel Riedner. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Neoliberalism and TV: Identity and Value in the 21st Century. Co-edited with Brandon Hernsberger.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- “Assembling Houston: Writing and Teaching the Neoliberal City.” Special Cluster on Transnationalism and Rhetoric. JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics 33.3-4: (Summer 2014). 553-83.
- “#houstonstrong: Resisting and Reifying the Neoliberal Public.” Communication in the Public. 3.3 (2018): 218-23.
- “Persistent Imperialism: Necessity of Transnational Feminist Rhetorical Theory for the Future.” with Rebecca Dingo, Rachel Riedner, and Eileen E. Schell. Special Issue on Transnational Feminist Rhetoric. Eds. Sweta Banyia et. al. Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Under Review.
- “Some of the People, All of the Time: Trump’s Selective Inclusion.” Conversation and Commentary on Gender and Citizenship.” Women’s Studies in Communication 40.4 (2017): 330-333.
- “Toward a Cogent Analysis of Power: Transnational Rhetorical Studies.” with Rebecca Dingo and Rachel Riedner. Special Cluster on Transnationalism and Rhetoric. JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics 33.3-4: (Summer 2014). 517-28.
- “Toward a Critical Transnational Feminist Rhetorical Methodology.” with Rebecca Dingo and Rachel Riedner. Peitho: The Journal of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 20.2 (Spring/Summer 2018). 181-89.
- “We Could Get Fired for This: A (Trans)(Crip)t on CRT, DisCrit, and Trans-of-Color Critique.” with Ada Hubrig, V. Jo Hsu, and Christina V. Cedillo. Special Issue of College English on Critical Race Theory (CRT). ed. Aja Y. Martinez. Forthcoming 2024.
- “Branding Citizens: Assembling the Logic(s) of “One Bad Apple.” Rhetoric and Neoliberalism. Ed. KimH. Nguyen. London: Palgrave, 2016. 148-73.
- Contributor. Interrupting Heteronormativity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pedagogy and Responsible Teaching at Syracuse University. Kathleen Farrell, Nisha Gupta, Mary Queen, eds. Syracuse, NY: The Graduate School of Syracuse University, 2004.
- “Disposable Drudgery: Outsourcing Goes to College.” with Rebecca Dingo and Rachel Riedner in Transnational Writing Program Administration. Ed. David Martins. Ogden, UT: Utah State P, 2015. 265-88.
- “Houston We Have a Problem: Natural/Neoliberal Disasters beget Neoliberal (Non)Recoveries.” Encountering Catastrophe: Reading, Writing, and Literacy at the End of the World.” eds. Amy Robillard and Ryan Skinnell. Forthcoming 2024.
- “It’s Yours Until It Isn’t: Policing Gendered Bodies in Texas.” Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminist Rhetoric. Eds. Jackie Rhodes and Suban Nur Cooley. Routledge. Forthcoming 2024.
- “A Labor of Love: A Generational Conversation about Success, Living Well, and All That.” With Rachelle A.C. Joplin. Adequate: Writing New Logics of Success in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Joshua Barsczewski and Timothy Oleksiak. Utah UP, Forthcoming 2024.
- “(Re)producing Globalization: The Laboring Body in Maria Full of Grace.” Cinema and the Mother: Motherhood in Contemporary World Cinemas. Ed. Asma Sayed. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press, forthcoming TBA.
- “Rhetorical Assemblages: Scales of Neoliberal Ideology.” Capital at the Brink: Overcoming the Destructive Legacies of Neoliberalism, Eds. Jeffery Di Leo and Uppender Mehan. Ann Arbor, MI: Open Humanities Press, 2014. 101-18.
- “Trump’s not just one Bad Apple: He’s a Part of a Spoiled Bunch.” What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald Trump. Ed. Ryan Skinnell. London: Imprint Academic, 2018. 39-52.
National Interviews and Articles
- “Chelsea and Ivanka: Disrespected in Different Ways.” Gray Matter: The Houston Chronicle. 10 May 2017.
- “Childs Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids.” Patrick. G. Lee.
- ProPublica and The Atlantic. 18 February 2017. (http://indepthnh.org/2017/02/18/childs-play- team-trump-rewrites-a-department-of-energy-website-for-kids/)
- “Despite condemnation of hate, Trump has ramped up his use of ‘invasion’ rhetoric in recent months.” Zoe Greenberg and Cristina Prignano. The Boston Globe. 5 August 2019. (https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/08/05/despite-condemnation-hate-trump-has- ramped-his-use-invasion-rhetoric-recent-months/4tDIwWiWdbYawAS7vjhAoK/story.html)
- “Donald Trump says ‘America First’ like Isolationists before World War II.” Rick Hampson. USA Today. 11 April 2016. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/10/donald-trump-america-first- slogans/82602144/)
- “Feminist Networks, Feminist Assemblages, and Feminist Scales: Half the Sky is Only Half the Story” with Rebecca Dingo and Rachel Riedner, Women in and Beyond the Global, Nov 2010. (http://www.womeninandbeyond.org/?p=721)
- “‘Go back Where You Came From’: The Long Rhetorical Roots of Trump’s Racist Tweets.” Morning Edition, National Public Radio. 15 July 2019. (https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741827580/go- back-where-you-came-from-the-long-rhetorical-roots-of-trump-s-racist-tweets)
- “Harvey’s Toxic Aftermath in Houston: A Catastrophic Neoliberal Legacy.” Against the Current 192 January 2018. (https://www.solidarity-us.org/atc/current)
- “The Hit Documentary Blackfish has a Message as Dubious as its Methods.” with Michael Sicinski. The Nashville Scene. 8 August 2013. (http://www.nashvillescene.com/arts- culture/film/article/13049413/the-hit-documentary-blackfish-has-a-message-as-dubious-as-its- methods)
- “Interview on Central Time News Hour.” Wisconsin Public Radio. 18 July 2019.
- “Interview with Sally Kidd.” Hearst Media Washington, DC. 18 July 2019. “Interview.” Three Interviews: CCCC 2011, All Our Relations. Sara Moon. April 2011. (http://cccc2011.jimdo.com/interviews-with-presenters/) and (http://www.pearsonhighered.com/cccc2011_emergingpedagogies/).
- “Just How Unique is the Political Rhetoric of the Donald Trump Era?” Janell Ross. The Washington Post. 7 December 2015. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/07/is-our- out-of-control-political-rhetoric-really-all-that-extraordinary/)
- “Republicans and Dems Fight Over Appropriate Response to Orlando Shooting.” Miranda Green. DecodeDC. 13 June 2016. (http://www.decodedc.com/republicans-dems-fight-appropriate- response-orlando-shooting/)
- “The Man Without a Plan: Trump’s “Softening” Rhetoric.” Women in and Beyond the Global. 17 November 2016. (http://www.womeninandbeyond.org/?p=20659)
- “What Trump’s Rhetoric Says about His Leadership.” Fortune.com. 17 November 2016. (http://fortune.com/2016/11/17/donald-trump-rhetoric-leadership/)
- “With Markers and Straws, Trump’s Campaign Sells Defiance as a Lifestyle.” Katie Rodgers. The New York Times. 15 September 2019. (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/us/politics/donald-trump- 2020-campaign.html?searchResultPosition=1)
- “Why the Words We Use After a Tragedy Matter.” Alexandra Hart and Rhonda Fanning. Texas Standard. 14 June 2016. (http://tpr.org/post/why-words-we-use-after-tragedy-matter#stream/0)
Luster, Alex. Stick ‘Em Up. (film). Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 12.1: (Fall 2012).
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Courses Developed/Courses Taught
- English 1301: First Year Writing I – Media Literacy English
- 1302: First Year Writing II (F2F, Hybrid, Online) English
- 2396: Intermediate Composition
- English 3301: Introduction to Literary Studies
- English 3340: Advanced Composition – Locating Writing
- English 4319: Teaching English in Secondary Schools
- English 4343: Writing Houston (F2F, Hybrid, Online)
- English 4375: Literature and Pop Culture, Immigration (F2F, Online)
- English 4375: Literature and Pop Culture, Dystopian Futures
- English 4391: Advanced Engagement/Service-Learning Senior Seminar
- English 6300: College Teaching Language and Literature in English
- English 6314: Feminist Criticism English
- English 7374: Critical Pedagogy
- English 7390: Introduction to Doctoral Study
- English 7396: Rhetoric and Literature of Globalization
- English 7396: Rhetoric of Place
- English 8318: Rhetoric and Composition Seminar II: Scholarly Writing
- English 8393: Dissertation Colloquium – Doctoral
- English 8395: Rhetoric and Neoliberalism
- Women’s Studies 2350: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
- Women’s Studies 6301: Feminist Theory and Methods
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- American Studies Association
- Conference on College Composition and Communication
- The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
- Modern Language Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
- National Women’s Studies Association
- Rhetoric Society of America
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