Tarez Samra Graban

Associate Professor
WMS 224
Histories of rhetoric, Histories and theories of composition, Global and comparative rhetorics, Feminist rhetorical theory, Transnationalism, Digital humanities, L2/multilingual intersections

TAREZ SAMRA GRABAN, Associate Professor (PhD Purdue, 2006; AB Brown, 1993), centers her research and teaching in histories of rhetoric, histories and theories of composition, global and comparative rhetorics, feminist rhetorical theory, and digital humanities. Lately, her work attends to rhetoric as epistemology, writing as text technology, and alterity as cultural apparatus. Her current manuscript, “Rhetoric, Feminism and the Transnational Archive,” offers a rethought notion of feminist rhetorical critique for textual scholars of the transnational archive who must read and curate their subjects in a critical space occurring somewhere between East and West, without trending toward neocolonialism. For the past several years, she has been tracing the archival presence of a select group of women between 1915 and 2015, in academic, governmental, and activist sectors in Namibia, Malawi, and South Africa to learn more about how they have earned various degrees of public sympathy at home and abroad, as those sympathies are tied to the opening up or democratization of information practices in their home countries. She co-leads a nationwide special interest group in global and nonwestern rhetorics and is current president of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Since 2013, she has led the Digital Scholars / DH Reading & Discussion Group at FSU, and earlier this year she assumed the role of Director of Research and Fellowships with the Demos Project for Studies in the Data Humanities at FSU. Finally, her work continues on the Linked Women Pedagogues project, a data discovery tool for tracing the intellectual contributions that under-represented women teachers have made in rhetorical studies at home and abroad, from North America’s Progressive Era to the present.


  • Women's Irony: Rewriting Feminist Rhetorical Histories. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2015.
  • GenAdmin: Theorizing WPA Identities in the 21st Century. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2011. Co-authored with Colin Charlton, Jonikka Charlton, Kathleen J. Ryan, and Amy Ferdinandt Stolley.

Edited Journal Issues

  • Special Issue Co-Editor, with Paul F. Marty, Allen Romano, Micah Vandegrift, “Invisible Work in the Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019.
  • Special Issue Co-Editor, with Shirley K Rose, "The Critical Place of the Networked Archive." Peitho Journal 17.1 (Dec. 2014).

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • "New Rhetorics of Scholarship: Leveraging Betweenness and Circulation for Feminist Historical Work." Rhetoric, Writing, and Circulation (eds. Laurie Gries and Collin G. Brooke). Co-authored with Patricia Sullivan. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2018.
  • "Decolonising the Transnational Archive: Re/Writing Rhetorical Histories of How African Women (Can) Govern." African Journal of Rhetoric 9.1 (Sep 2017): 82-117.
  • "Teaching Multilingualism, Teaching Identification: Embracing Resident-Multilingualism as a Curricular Paradigm." Linguistically Diverse Resident and Immigrant Writers (eds. Christina Ortmeier-Hooper and Todd Ruecker). London: Routledge, 2016. 216-28.
  • "In, Through, and About the Archive: What Digitization (Dis)Allows." Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Eds. Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson. Chicago: U Chicago P, 2014. 233-244. Co-authored with Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne and Whitney Myers.
  • "From Location(s) to Locatability: Mapping Feminist Recovery and Archival Activity through Metadata." College English 76.2 (Nov. 2013): 171-193.
  • "Multivalent Composition and the Re-Invention of Expertise." Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions (Eds. Tracey Bowen, Carl Whithaus). Pittsburgh, PA: U of Pittsburgh P, 2013. 248-280. Co-authored with Colin Charlton and Jonikka Charlton.
  • "Towards a 'Second-Generation' Suffragism: Language Politics in the Ironic Discourse of An American Suffragist." Gender and Language 5.1 (2011): 31-60.
  • "Digital and Dustfree: A Conversation on the Possibilities of Digital-Only Searching for Third-Wave Historical Recovery." Peitho 13.2 (Dec 2011): 2-11. Co-authored with Patricia Sullivan.
  • "Theorizing Feminist Pragmatic Rhetoric as a Communicative Art for the Composition Practicum." College Composition and Communication 61.1 (September 2009): W277-299. Co-authored with Kathleen J. Ryan.
  • "Feminine Irony and the Art of Linguistic Cooperation in Anne Askew's Sixteenth-Century Examinacyons.Rhetorica 25.4 (Autumn 2007): 385-412.