Name: Dr. Michelle C. Smith
Title: Assistant Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 314
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2584
Degrees Held:

Ph.D., Penn State University (English: Rhetoric and Composition)

M.A., Penn State University (English)

B.A., University of Richmond (English Major, Women's Studies Minor)


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At Marist, I teach a variety of English courses in writing and rhetoric, with an emphais on public writing, theory, and gender/identity studies. These courses include: Writing for College; Writing as a Discipline; Grammar, Style, and Editing; American Literature I; Composition Theory: Rhetorical Theory: Writing & Rhetoric; and Feminist Rhetorics.

My research addresses feminist rhetorics, rhetorical theory, 19th-century intentional (utopian) communities, and writing pedagogy. 


“Authenticity, Authority, and Gender: Hard Choices as Professional Writing and Transnational Feminist Manifesto.” Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election: Her Political and Social Discourse. Ed. Michele Lockhart and Kathleen Mollick. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015. 77- 99.

With Michelle Costello. “English Majors are Professionals, Too: Liberal Arts and Vocation in the English Writing Major.” Composition Studies 43.2 (2015): 193-96.

With Sarah Hallenbeck. “Mapping Topoi in the Rhetorical Gendering of Work.” Peitho 17.2 (2015): 200-25.

“The Dramatism Debate, Archived: The Pentad as ‘Terministic’ Ontology.” Burke in the Archives: Using the Past to Transform the Future ofBurkean Studies. Ed. Dana Anderson and Jessica Enoch. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. 143-59.

“Containment Rhetoric and the Public Sphere: Imagining Amana, Inscribing America.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40.2 (2010): 128-45.

(Co-editor, with Barbara Warnick) The Responsibilities of Rhetoric: Selected Papers from the 2008 Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2010, 371+ix pp.

“Painting the Living Scenery of Amana: A Case Study of a Rhetoric of Containment.” Communal Societies 27 (2007): 27-46.

Rev. of Teens, Technology, and Literacy: Why Bad Grammar Isn’t Always Bad, by Linda W. Braun. Computers and Composition 25.4 (2008): 453-57.