Carly S. Woods

Associate Professor & Co-Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

2118 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Carly S. Woods’s research explores how people use rhetoric and argumentation to negotiate issues of identity, power, and difference. Drawn to politics, education, and social change, she is particularly interested in understanding rhetorics of belonging and exclusion through the study of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Woods’s 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 Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She serves as book review editor for Argumentation and Advocacy.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Advising Philosophy


Current Research Projects:

Dr. Woods is currently working on a second book about another debating woman: the former Congress member Barbara Jordan. She also has several research projects focused on histories of international argumentation and education.

Representative Publications:

Woods, C.S. (2020). Barbara Jordan and the ongoing struggle for voting rights. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 106, 291-298.

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.