Collegiate Affiliation

Dr. Emily Winderman specializes in the rhetorical study of health and medicine. She is attentive to a wide range of historical and contemporary discourses surrounding reproductive healthcare and infectious disease. Topics of study include including birth control, family planning, abortion care, and birthing practices. She generally approaches these topical areas through the theoretical affordances of affect theory and public emotion, rhetorical history, public address, and the reproductive justice framework. Specifically, her work asks "what emotions do" in order to constitute, shape, and manage different publics' relationships to health.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies, University of Georgia, 2015
  • M.A.: Communication Studies, Eastern Michigan University, 2009
  • B.S.: Communication & Marketing, Eastern Michigan University, 2007


  • reproductive justice
  • rhetoric of health and medicine
  • history of criminalized abortion
  • rhetoric of infectious disease
  • affect theory & the cultural politics of emotion
  • Covid-19 Rhetoric