Heather Adams

Associate Professor, Department of English and Cross-appointed Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director, Humanities Network and Consortium


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Email Address: hbadams@uncg.edu


Ph.D. English, Pennsylvania State University
M.A. English, Bread Loaf School of English (Middlebury College)
M.A. Communication, University of Maryland
B.A. English and Religion, University of Mount Union

Courses Taught

  • ENG 688: Feminist Rhetorics and Pedagogy
  • ENG 746: Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
  • ENG 307: Public Advocacy and Argument
  • ENG 305: Contemporary Rhetoric
  • ENG 271: Big Questions in Health and Wellness


Dr. Adams’s feminist rhetorical research investigates reproduction and pregnancy in relation to affect, gender, race, and class. She published Enduring Shame: A Recent History of Unwed Pregnancy and Righteous Reproduction (University of South Carolina Press) and coedited Inclusive Aims: Rhetoric’s Role in Reproductive Justice (Parlor Press).

Dr. Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include advocacy, rhetorics of health and wellness, visual rhetorics, intersectional feminist methodologies, and undergraduate research.

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Dr. Adams is also a member and director of Switchback Books.