Carly S. Woods

Associate Professor & Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

2118 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Carly S. Woods is a rhetorical scholar interested in how argumentation, media, and memory are used to enable and constrain the participation of diverse individuals and groups in civic life. She draws from feminist, cultural, and rhetorical theory to explore histories of public address, argument, and education, with an eye toward how they might inform contemporary discourse. Her first book, Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945 (Michigan State University Press) was awarded the 2019  James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address from the National Communication Association and the 2018 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award from the American Forensic Association. Her journal articles appear in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society QuarterlyArgumentation and AdvocacyWomen’s Studies in Communication, and elsewhere. Woods is also the recipient of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Research Development Grant, the American Society for the History of Rhetoric’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Helen F. Faust Women Writers Award, two article of the year awards, and several teaching honors. She regularly teaches courses on the history of rhetoric and public address, communication and social change, and gender in communication at UMD. Woods is an affiliate faculty member in UMD’s Department of Women’s Studies.

Curriculum Vitae


Current Research Projects:

Dr. Woods is working on several projects that center on rhetoric, politics, and public memory. Her current research projects are focused on public memory about politician Barbara Jordan and the history of international argumentation and debating.

Representative Publications:

Woods, C.S. (2018). Debating women: Gender, education, and spaces for argument, 1835-1945. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Kennerly, M. & Woods, C.S. (2018). Moving Rhetorica. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 38 (1), 3-27.

Pfister, D.S. & Woods, C.S. (2016). The unnaturalistic enthymeme: Figuration, interpretation and critique after digital mediation. Argumentation and Advocacy 52 (4), 236-253.

Woods, C.S., Ewalt, J.P. & Baker, S.J. (2013). A matter of regionalism: Remembering Brandon Teena and Willa Cather at the Nebraska History Museum. Quarterly Journal of Speech 99 (3), 341-363.