Dr. Belinda Walzer
Before joining Wake Forest in 2012, I taught writing, literature, and gender studies to native and non-native English speakers for 5 years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as I earned an English Ph.D. specializing in rhetoric/composition and human rights discourse. While completing my dissertation, I also spent a year in Beirut, Lebanon as a Research Associate at American University of Beirut. My writing classes are deeply informed by my international experiences and research in human rights and seek to foster students’ self-reflexivity and responsibility, generating critical thinking and ethical interactions between students and communities inside and outside the academy. My pedagogy attempts to eliminate the false dichotomy between the writing classroom and the world outside the university and it challenges students to learn from the “other” rather than learn about the “other,” which becomes particularly important when writing about social justice issues. My research in human rights discourse, rhetoric, and transnational feminisms has produced articles published in College Literature and forthcoming in collections published by MLA and Routledge.