Heather Hayes

Chair and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies

Olin Hall 203
(509) 527-5245

Professor Hayes joined the Department of Rhetoric Studies in 2013. She is a rhetoric and communication studies scholar working across the intersections of rhetorical materialism, race, violence, the global war on terror, and argument studies. Since 2013, Professor Hayes has delivered a number of talks and presentations including work on the revolutionary events in Egypt's Tahrir Square that ousted Hosni Mubarak in January of 2011 and work on the rise of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) as a new technology of the global war on terror. Her first book, Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars, was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan Press. She has additionally published work in Argumentation and AdvocacyQuarterly Journal of Speech, and a number of other spaces.

Professor Hayes specializes in teaching about rhetorics of social justice, race, and violence. She teaches introductory courses in rhetoric and public culture. In addition, she has written about hip hop music and African American history; she teaches a course in the rhetoric of hip-hop and spoken word that cross-lists with Whitman's Race and Ethnic Studies program as well as the Sociology department. Professor Hayes also teaches a course in the rhetoric of weapons of the state and courses in social protest around the events now known as the "Arab Spring." She additionally teaches courses in the rhetoric of social protest, the Arab world, argumentation, gender studies, and African American studies.