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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Gwendolyn D. Pough

Gwen Pough portrait


Dean's Professor of the Humanities

Women's and Gender Studies

African American Studies

340G Sims Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Feminist Theory, African American Rhetoric, Women's Studies, Hip-Hop Culture



Graduate Courses

WGS 601 Feminist Theory
WGS 636 Feminist Rhetoric(s)
WGS 673 Women, Rap and Hip-Hop Feminisms
WGS 757 Black Feminist Theories

Undergraduate Courses

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 301 Feminist Theory
WGS 410 Advanced Studies in Feminist Thought
WGS 473 Women, Rap and Hip-Hop Feminisms
WGS 436 Feminist Rhetoric(s)


Ph.D. in English, Miami University (2000)

M.A. with honors in English, Northeastern University (1994)

B.A. in English, Cum Laude, William Paterson College (1992)


“It’s Bigger than Comp/Rhet: Contested and Undisciplined,” (Written Version of the April 2011 CCCC Convention Chair’s Address) College Composition and Communication 63:2 (2011) 301-313.

“2011 CCCC Chair’s Letter,” College Composition and Communication 63:2 (2011) 328-333.

“What It Do, Shorty?: Women, Hip-Hop and a Feminist Agenda,” Black Women, Gender & Families:Women’s Studies and Black Studies Journal 1:2 (2007) 78-99.

“ ‘Each One, Pull One’: Womanist Rhetoric and Black Feminist Pedagogy in the Writing Classroom.” Teaching Rhetorica: Theory, Pedagogy, Practice. eds. Kate Ronald and Joy Ritchie. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook. 2006.

FEMSPEC: an Interdisciplinary Feminist Journal Dedicated to Critical and Creative Works in the Realms of SF, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Surrealism, Myth, Folklore and other Supernatural Genres. Special Issue: Speculative Black Women: Magic, Fantasy, and the Supernatural. Co- edited with Yolanda Hood 6.1 (2005).

“Editorial Remarks: Speculative Black Women: Magic, Fantasy, and the Supernatural,” equally coauthored with Yolanda Hood FEMSPEC 6.1 (2005) ix – xvi.

"Personal Narrative and Rhetorics of Black Womanhood in Hip-Hop.” Rhetoric and Ethnicity, eds. Keith Gilyard and Vorris Nunley. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 2004. 111-118.

“Rhetoric That Should Have Moved the People: Rethinking the Black Panther Party” African-American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives eds. Ronald Jackson and Elaine Richardson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U P. 2004. 59-72.

“Do the Ladies Run This . . .? Some Thoughts on Hip Hop Feminism.” Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century, eds. Rory Dicker and Alison Piepmeier, Northeastern U P, 2003. 232-243.

“Confronting and Changing Images and Representations of Black Womanhood in Rap Music.” Get It Together: Readings about African American Life. eds. Akua Duku Anokye and Jacqueline Brice- Finch. New York: Longman Publishers, 2003. 81-84.

“Love Feminism, But Where’s My Hip-Hop: Shaping A Black Feminist Identity.” Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. eds. Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman. Seattle: Seal Press, 2002. 85 – 95.

“Empowering Rhetoric: Black Students Writing Black Panthers.” College Composition and Communication 53:3 (2002) 466-486.

“Seeds and Legacies: Tapping the Potential in Hip-Hop,” Doula: The Journal of Rap Music and
Hip-Hop Culture 1:2 (2001) 26 –29.


A&S Announces Tolley Professorships

(Aug. 14, 2018)

Frieden, Pough to collaborate on issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the Humanities.