University Place, Syracuse University
Erin Rand

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Associate Professor
Affiliated Professor, LGBT Studies

Erin Rand’s research focuses on resistance and rhetorical agency in activist and social movement discourses. 

Rooted in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism, her work also draws upon critical theory, cultural studies, and queer and feminist theories, with an eye both to understanding the rhetorics of social change and rethinking the rhetorical tradition. She is particularly interested in recent forms of queer, feminist, and global justice activism, and is currently engaged in projects that theorize collectivity and rhetorical violence in relation to activist practices.

View a full list of Rand’s published work, some of which is available for download, at

Erin Rand's Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Selected Publications

  • Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014.

  • “‘What One Voice Can Do’: Civic Pedagogy and Choric Collectivity at Camp Courage.” Text and Performance Quarterly 34.1 (2014): 28-51.

  • "Queer Critical Rhetoric Bites Back." Western Journal of Communication 77.5 (2013): 533-537.

  • "An Appetite for Activism: The Lesbian Avengers and the Queer Politics of Visibility." Women’s Studies in Communication 36.2 (2013): 121-141.

  • "Gay Pride and Its Queer Discontents: ACT UP and the Political Deployment of Affect." Quarterly Journal of Speech 98.1 (2012): 75-80. 

  • “An Inflammatory Fag and a Queer Form: Larry Kramer, Polemics, and Rhetorical Agency.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 94.3 (2008): 297-319.

Awards and Honors

2015Book of the Year Award, Division of Critical and Cultural Studies, National Communication Association
2013New Investigator Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association
2007D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize Honorable Mention, University of Iowa Graduate College
2006National Communication Association Division of Critical and Cultural Studies Outstanding Dissertation Award
2006GLBT Division Top Paper Award, “Flaming Phalluses: Agency and Resistance through Masculinity in Paris Is Burning,” National Communication Association, San Antonio, Texas