Dr Emily Winderman

Assistant Professor


After earning her Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Georgia in 2015, Dr. Winderman is thrilled to join the Communication Studies faculty at NCSU.  Her research explores the role of public emotions in the constitution of collective identity in controversies related to women's reproductive healthcare.  In addition to exploring contemporary issues in women's reproductive health, Dr. Winderman also examines the function of emotional appeals in historical discourses so that we might better understand the development of our current reproductive moment.  

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Criticism 
  • Rhetoric of Medicine and Health
  • Histories of Reproductive Controversies


Emily Winderman and Celeste M. Condit, “From Trope to Pathos in Health Scholarship:  Sharing Disgust in the Kermit Gosnell Case, Communication Quarterly, forthcoming December 2015. 

Emily Winderman, “S(anger) Goes Postal in The Woman Rebel: Angry Rhetoric as a Collectivizing Moral Emotion,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 17 no.3 (2014): 381-420.  Lead Essay.

                                 Essay reviewed by Margaret Sanger Papers—Research Annex  https://sangerpapers.wordpress.com/2014/10/ 

Celeste M. Condit, John Lynch, and Emily Winderman, “Recent Rhetorical Studies in Public Understanding of Science: Multiple Purposes and Strengths,” Public Understanding of Science 21 (2012): 386-400. 






  • *Top Paper, “Materializing Abortion's 'Back Alley': Rhetorics of Moral Disgust in the Grand Jury Report of Kermit Gosnell's 'House of Horrors'”National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV November 2015
  •  Competitive Panel, “Theorizing the Role of Public Emotion in a Multi-Modal Theory of Materialism: The Case of 3D/4D Ultrasounds,” presented during: Materiality, Agency, and Biocontrol: Embracing Opportunities for Cross-Disciplinary Investigations.   National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015
  • Competitive Panel, “Dirty, Disgusting, and Dangerous: Rhetorics of Moral Abjection in Progressive Era Anti-Midwifery Campaigns,” presented during: Children, Mothers, and Workers: A Progressive Era Rhetoric of Moral Reform  National Communication Association, Chicago IL, November 2014
  • Competitive Panel, “Materializing Fetal Movement: Visual Dimensionality in 3D and 4D Ultrasounds” Southern States Communication Association, New Orleans, LA Apr. 2014
  • Competitive Paper, “S(anger) Goes Postal in the Woman Rebel: Angry Rhetoric as a Collectivizing Moral Emotion.”

                                    National Communication Association, Washington DC, November 2013

  • *Competitive Paper. “Fetal Imaging and the Empathetic Imagination: Pathemic Appeals in Ohio’s H.B. 125—The Heartbeat Bill, Southern States Communication Association, Louisville, KY Apr 2013
  •   “Progressivism and Eugenics: How the Science of an Era Met Questions of Women’s Citizenship in the Case of Margaret Sanger’s ‘Woman Rebel’ and ‘Family Limitation’ Pamphlets.” National Communication Association, Orlando FL, Nov. 2012 
  • Competitive Paper, “Biopolitics and Enumeration: 2010 Census Discourses and State Identification in Post-Katrina New Orleans.   Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia PA, May 2012
  •  Competitive Paper, “Normalizing an Obstetrics Model of Childbirth: Authenticity, Abridged Labor, and the Removal of Women’s Voices in TLC’s A Baby Story.”  National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA Nov. 2011
  •  *Top Paper. “Reigniting the Controversy: Bridging the Significance of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment for U.S. Healthcare Reform.”National Communication Association, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 2010


  • Member of the Communication Studies Colloquium Committee
  • Organizer for 2016 COM Week


  • Ph.D. in Rhetorical Studies from University of Georgia, 2015
  • M.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University, 2009
  • B.S. in Communication & Marketing from Eastern Michigan University, 2007