Bryan Trabold, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of English

Phone: 617-573-8275
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: Fenton Building, Rm. 329


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA, George Washington University

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical theory
  • Rhetoric and history of the South African and international antiapartheid movement
  • Literacy studies
  • Composition theory

Employment History

Transylvania University (2001-2006)
Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric
Associate Director of Writing Center

University of Wisconsin (1995-2000)
Co-Assistant Director of first-year writing program
Instructor, first-year writing course
Teaching Assistant, introduction to literature course
Tutor, Writing Center

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s Office (1991-1993)

VISTA Volunteer (1989-1990)


Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research Ten Years after Literacy in American Lives. Edited collection. John Duffy, Julie Nelson Christoph, Eli Goldblatt, Nelson Graff, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Bryan Trabold. Forthcoming with Southern Illinois University Press.

"Historical Narratives as a Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa: The History Workshop and the New Nation." South African Historical Journal. 62.4 (December, 2010).

"Walking the Cliff’s Edge: New Nation’s Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa." College Composition and Communication. 61.2 (December, 2009). w100-w124.

"Hiding Our Snickers: Weekly Mail Journalists’ Indirect Resistance" in Apartheid South Africa. College English 68.4 (March, 2006): 382-406.

Courses Taught

Honors Seminar in English: Literature and Peace Studies (ENG 525)
Literature of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars (ENG 430)
Rhetoric and Memoir (ENG 395)
Critical Prose (ENG 394)
Gateway Seminar: George Orwell (ENG 301)
World Literature in English (ENG 216)
American Literature (ENG 215)
American Literature II (ENG 218)
Intermediate Writing (ENG 201)
Freshman English II (ENG 102)
Freshman English I (ENG 101)
Reading and Writing Skills (ENG 100)
Hearts of Whiteness/Hearts of Darkness (SF 1101)
Liberation Movements at Home and Abroad (SF 147)