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Rebecca Dingo


Rebecca Dingo

(413) 545-0610

W345 South College

Rebecca Dingo is a Professor of English in Composition and Rhetoric. She is a recognized national and international scholar who has pushed transnational studies into the forefront of feminist rhetorical studies. She is the author of Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing, which won the W. Ross Winterowd Award in 2012. Additionally, with J. Blake Scott she has edited the book The Megarhetorics of Global Development. Her work has been well-cited not only in rhetoric, composition, and communication studies, but also across other disciplines and sub-disciplines including feminist international political studies, global education studies, women’s studies, literacy studies, and disability studies. She has also engaged in work that has public value and, for example, was invited by the United Kingdom Parliament of International Development Committee to offer a policy memo that comments on how their disability programs might be more inclusive. Rebecca has been invited to give workshops, seminars, and lectures in the US, South Africa, Lebanon, Belgium on feminist approaches in rhetoric and writing, including faculty writing support and development. She served as UMass Writing Program Director from 2016-2020 and is now completing a monograph with Dr. Rachel Riedner titled Beyond Affirmation: Reckoning with Race, Nation, Imperialism, and Exceptionalism in Feminist Rhetorical Theory (under contract with University of Pittsburgh Press) and has been developing courses in contemporary rhetorical theory and writing human rights. Overall, her pedagogy seeks to connect theory with practice and all of her classes tend to offer on-the-ground case studies paired with theoretical lenses.

Research Areas

  • Transnational, Transnational Feminist, Post-Colonial Theory
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Feminist Rhetorics
  • Rhetorics of Global Public Policy
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary responses to global food and water security