Sara VanderHaagen

Assistant Professor
 Johnston Hall 227


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, S. (2019, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). (Mis)Quoting King: Commemorative Stewardship and Ethos in the Controversy over the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Argumentation and Advocacy.
VanderHaagen, S. (2018, November). Children’s Biographies of African American Women: Rhetoric, Public Memory, and Agency. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press.
VanderHaagen, S., & Ray, A. G. (2014, December). A Pilgrim-Critic in the Reconstruction South: Anna Dickinson’s Tour of 1875. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 100(3), 348-72.
VanderHaagen, S. (2013, June). The "Agential Spiral": Reading Public Memory through Paul Ricoeur. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 46(2), 182-206.
VanderHaagen, S. (2012, June). Practical Truths: Black Feminist Agency and Public Memory in Biographies for Children. Women’s Studies in Communication, 35(1), 18-41.
VanderHaagen, S. (2008, December). Renewing Tradition in Community: George W. Bush, Calvin College, and the Controversy over Identity. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 11(4), 535-68.