Rachel Presley

Rachel Presley is an Assistant Professor of Rhetorical Theory in the Department of Writing Studies and the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. As a critical rhetorician with training in cultural studies and political philosophy, her primary research interests engage issues of social movement and resistance rhetorics, (trans)national citizenship and belonging, and postcolonial/decolonial/anticolonial theory. She views marginality as a fundamentally intersectional position, so her scholarship makes use of rhetorical criticism, historiography, and critical qualitative methods to assess its representations and resistances.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Rhetoric & Public Culture, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2019.
  • M.A.: Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2015.
  • B.A.: English, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 2013.


  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Critical/cultural studies
  • Indigenous studies
Courses Taught
  • WRIT 3701W: Rhetorical Theory for Writing Studies
  • COMM 3451W: Intercultural Communication
  • Presley, Rachel. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Rhetorical Strategies for Environmental Protection and Tribal Resistance in the Dakota Access Pipeline Movement.” In Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric: Communicating Self-Determination, edited by Casey Kelly and Jason Black, 285-302. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.
  • Presley, Rachel, and Jason Crane. “Sonic Colonizations, Sound Coalitions: Analyzing the Aural Landscape of Standing Rock’s No-DAPL Movement.”Argumentation and Advocacy 54, no. 4 (2018): 305-322.
  • Presley, Rachel, and Alane Presswood. “Pink, Brown, and Read All Over: Representation at the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.”Cultural Studies < > Critical Methodologies 18, no. 1 (2018): 61-71.