Margaret Williams

Margaret Virginia Williams

Asst Professor

University of Cincinnati Clermont College
Batavia, Ohio

Professional Summary

Margaret Williams completed her Bachelor's at the University of Alabama, her Master's of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina - Asheville, her Master's in composition & rhetoric at Western Carolina Univesity, and her PhD in Rhetoric at Texas Woman's University. She's also a former newspaper reporter and managing editor. Her research focuses on writing studies — especially rhetorical ecologies, digital rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, and multimodality. Her dissertation focused on the intersection of feminism and digital/multimodal rhetorics in a U.S. presidential election: "Absence and Rhetorical (Non) Circulation: 'Nasty Woman' Kamala Harris in 2020."


PhD: Texas Woman's University Denton, Texas, 2022 (Rhetoric)

Master's of English: Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC, 2018 (composition and rhetoric)

Master's of Liberal Arts and Sciences: University of North Carolina - Asheville Asheville, NC, 2016

Bachelor's of English: University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL, 1983 (English literature/language)

Research and Practice Interests

writing studies, rhetorical ecologies, multimodality, digital rhetorics, feminist rhetorics


Peer Reviewed Publications

Jackie Herman-Elliott, Margaret V. Williams (2023. ) Scaffolding toward Self-Efficacy: Preparing Underrepresented Writers to Pitch as Freelance Authors.Prompt (A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments), , 7 (1 ) , More Information

Other Publications

Margaret Williams (2020. ) Vir Bonus, Hortensia: A Good Woman Speaking Well in Ancient Rome .CCTE Studies, 85 ,51-64 Joe Christensen, Inc.

Electronic Journal

Margaret Williams (2021. ) Review of Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice .Peithos, 23 (3 ) ,

Margaret Williams (2018. ) Chalk to Me: The Search for Useful Knowledge in a Rhetorical Ecology .Postscript, 2018 ,

Additional Publications


Invited Presentations

Margaret Williams and Desirée Thorpe (2023. ) (In Press. ) Open Worlds, Open Compositions: Designing First-Year Writing as Exploration/Play” .Computers & Writing, California. Conference. . Level:National

Margaret Williams (2023. ) (In Press. ) “When a ‘Nasty Woman’ Gives You the Side Eye: Rhetorical (Non)Circulation and Kamala Harris in 2020” .Rhetorical Society of America, Boston, MA. Conference. . Level:International

Margaret Williams (2022. ) (In Press. ) “‘Nasty Woman’ or ‘This Monster’? Kamala Harris and the Rhetorics of Representation” .Conference of College Teachers of English, Texas. Conference. . Level:Regional

Margaret Williams (2023. ) (In Press. ) “Co-Creating Community in Corequisite Writing Groups: A Post-COVID Reflection on Teaching at a Minority-Serving Institution” .Conference of College Teachers of English, Wichita Falls, TX. Conference. . Level:Regional

Margaret Williams (2018. ) (In Press. ) “Words of Consequence: Donald Trump’s Use of ‘Fake News’ as Real Propaganda” .Carolina Rhetoric Conference, Charleston, SC. Conference. . Level:Regional

Contact Information

Academic - University of Cincinnati Clermont College
Batavia  Ohio,