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, affect theory, and queer and feminist theories, with an eye to understanding rhetorics of dissent and rethinking the rhetorical tradition. She is particularly interested in queer and feminist interventions into sites of public discourse and performance ranging from protest events to institutional policy-making.

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

  • “The Right to Be Handsome: The Queer Sartorial Objects of ‘Masculine of Center’ Fashion,” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making 4.3 (2017): 12-40.

  • “Bad Feelings in Public: Rhetoric, Affect, and Emotion,” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 18.1 (2015): 161-175.

  • “Fear the Frill: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Uncertain Futurity of Feminist Judicial Dissent,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 101.1 (2015): 72-84.

  • 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

2017Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University
2016Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, National Communication Association
2015Community-Building Award, LGBT Resource Center, Syracuse University
2015Book of the Year Award, Division of Critical and Cultural Studies, National Communication Association
2014Outstanding Article of the Year, “An Appetite for Activism: The Lesbian Avengers and the Queer Politics of Visibility,” Critical Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association
2014Faculty Recognition Award, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University
2013New Investigator Award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association