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Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: Rhetorical criticism and theory, U.S. rhetorics of social reform and progressive politics, women's gender and sexuality studies, composition pedagogy and administration
Jill Swiencicki

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  • Ph.D. in English, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1990 (Dissertation: “The Anxiety of Eloquence: Rhetoric, the Public Sphere, and Social Difference in Antebellum America.” Director: Susan Jarratt, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literatures, University of California, Irvine.)
  • M.A. in English, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1992
  • B.A. cum laude in English, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 1990
  • Coursework toward the B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1988-89

Dr. Jill Swiencicki is an associate professor of English and former director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at St. John Fisher University. She is the co-editor (2020-2024) of The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal, a peer-review journal featuring feminist research in the Greater Rochester region. Swiencicki teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, literature, and gender studies. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of social justice and civil rights movements, feminist activism, and writing studies. Her work appears in such journals as Women’s Studies in Communication, College English, Peitho, Liberal Education, and Prompt, as well as the edited collections Feminist Connections, Going Public, and Rhetorical Education in America. Since 2015, she has volunteered at Connect and Breathe.

Selected Publications