Risa Applegarth Risa Applegarth

Contact Information

Office: MHRA 3108
Office Phone: 336-334-3967
At UNCG Since: 2009


Ph.D. University of North Carolina-2009
M.A. University of North Carolina-2005
B.A. Carleton College-2003

Research Interests

Dr. Applegarth’s interests include rhetorical history and theory, especially genre theory, women’s rhetorics, and rhetorics of science.  Dr. Applegarth’s dissertation examines relationships between genre, discipline formation, and the creation of knowledge, using the development of American anthropology as its case. This research also contributes to feminist histories of science by recovering the work of many early twentieth-century women anthropologists whose alternative forms of knowledge-making were marginalized as the discipline of anthropology professionalized.  This project has been awarded a Summer Excellence Research Grant from UNC-Greensboro and the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Dr. Applegarth's additional research and teaching interests include writing pedagogy, Writing Across the Curriculum, and nonfiction genres such as memoir and nature writing. 

Selected Publications

  • “Rhetorical Scarcity: Spatial and Economic Inflections on Genre Change,” College Composition and Communication63.3 (Feb. 2012): 453-483.
  • “Field Guides: Women Writing Popular Anthropology.” Women and Rhetoric Between the Wars. Ed. Ann George, Elizabeth Weiser, and Janet Zepernick. Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series. Southern Illinois University Press. Forthcoming.
  • “Genre, Location, and Mary Austin's Ethos.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.1 (Jan. 2011): 41-63.
  • Other Grounds: Gender, Genre, and Science in American Anthropology. Book manuscript; under review.

Awards and Honors

  • Marc Friedlaender Faculty Excellence Award, UNCG, 2011-2012
  • New Faculty Grant, UNCG, 2010-2011
  • Summer Excellence Research Award, UNCG, 2010
  • James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, CCCC, 2010
  • Dissertation Fellowship, UNC, 2008.
  • Thomas S. and Caroline H. Royster, Jr. Fellowship, UNC, 2003-08.
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award, UNC, 2004.
  • Scott Tyler Bergner Prize, Carleton College, 2003.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College, 2003.


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