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“Civility While Black & Female: The Case of Sandra Bland,” Communication & English Colloquium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. April 26, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Jenell Johnson
May 2011 PhD., English, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
May 2007  M.A., Dual-Degree English & Women’s Studies,  Pennsylvania State University, University Park
May 2003 B.A., English & Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park











Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in The School of Social Transformation and Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies, and Rhetoric at Arizona State University. Her work examines the suasive strategies of aggrieved communities as they operate within a post-emancipation historical context. Her forthcoming book, A Rhetoric of Civic Belonging,  examines lynching as a rhetorical strategy and material practice interwoven with the formation of America’s national identity and with the nation’s need to continually renew that identity. Specifically, the book draws connections between the rhetorics and material practices of lynching in the past and the forms these rhetorics and practices assume in the present with the hope of helping readers understand, interpret, and even critique present-day situations involving racial violence. Dr. Ore is a 2013 Institute for Humanities Research Fellow at ASU and a 2011 Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award Recipient. Her most recent publications include “‘PushBack’: A Pedagogy of Care,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (2017), “Whiteness as Racialized Space: Obama and the Rhetorical Constraints of Phenotypical Blackness” in Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (2017), which won the 2018 CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category, and “They Call Me ‘Dr. Ore’,” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society Special Issue: Race, Rhetoric and the State (2015). Dr. Ore’s current book project, tentatively titled Civility While Black & Female, examines the impact of civility discourse in instances of police brutality against black women from 2000-2018.