Sara VanderHaagen

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
 Merrill Hall 247


PhD, Communication Studies, Northwestern University
MA, Communication Studies, Northwestern University
BA, Communication Arts and Sciences and Philosophy, Calvin College

Research Interests

My research focuses on how members of the public use rhetoric to argue about and reshape stories about the past. I am especially interested in how public discourse about the past is affected by the dynamics of race, gender, age, and agency. Broader areas of interest include African American rhetoric, public discourse about race and gender, rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism.

VanderHaagen, Sara C. Review of “Practicing Citizenship: Women’s Rhetoric at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” 44.1 Women’s Studies in Communication. 2021.
VanderHaagen, Sara. Review of “Remembering Emmett Till” 106.2 Quarterly Journal of Speech. 2020: 205-209
VanderHaagen, Sara. Children’s Biographies of African American Women: Rhetoric, Public Memory, and Agency Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. 2018.