Dr. Heidi Hamilton is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Emporia State University, which she joined in 2004. Heidi teaches courses in rhetoric and persuasion, including Theories of Persuasion, Social Movements, Consumerism & Advertising, and Communication & Gender. She also serves as director for the Public Speaking course. Previously, she taught at Augustana College, where she also served as director of debate.
Heidi received her master of arts degree from the University of North Carolina. She completed her PhD at the University of Iowa.
Her scholarship focuses on both foreign policy rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. Recently, that interest has taken two paths. First, she has been looking at social protests of military actions, particularly the Iraq War. Her publications in this area have appeared in the competitive proceedings of the Alta Conference and Controversia: An International Journal for Debate and Democratic Renewal. The second path focuses on women in politics and media coverage of women in combat. Heidi coauthored a chapter on Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice as the first female secretaries of state for the book Gender and Political Communication in America. Her work on celebrity and political activism has appeared in the American Communication Journal.
At Emporia State, Heidi has been a faculty senator as well as serving on the Provost’s Advisory Committee, Dean’s Advisory Council, Honors Council, and the Ethnic and Gender Studies Steering Committee. She is a past chair of the Feminist and Women Studies Division of the National Communication Association. Next spring, Heidi will become director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program at Emporia State University.