- PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
- M. Res., University of Bath, U.K.
- B.S., James Madison University
I am a rhetorical theorist, and my specific interest centers on how lives come to matter, or, more specifically, how we rhetorically generate and modulate the status of people's lives. I have coined the term "zoerhetorics" to describe the persuasive communicative practices that do this work. I also study reproductive politics and biocitizenship, especially across gender, race, and sexuality.
As the Maurer chair, I direct the Rhetoric and Communication Program, a communication across the curriculum initiative, including the Maurer Speaking-Intensive course designation program.
2020, Zoetropes and the Politics of Humanhood, Ohio State University Press (New Directions in Rhetoric & Materiality Series)
2019, Allison L. Rowland, Review of Jasbir Puar's The Right to Maim: Ability, Capacity, Disability, Journal of Medical Humanities.
2017, Allison L. Rowland, “Zoetropes: Turning Fetuses into Babies at the National Memorial for the Unborn.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 47:1.
2017, Allison L. Rowland and Chris Ingraham, “How Google Street View Became Fertile Ground for Artists,” The Conversation, no. 77845.
2016, Allison L. Rowland, “Life-Saving Weapons: The Biolegitimacy of Drone Warfare.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 19:4.
2016, Chris Ingraham and Allison L. Rowland, “Performing Imperceptibility: Google Street View and the Tableau Vivant.” Surveillance & Society, 14:2.
2014, Allison L. Rowland and Peter Simonson, “The Founding Mothers of Communication Research: Towards a History of a Gendered Assemblage.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31:1.
First Year Program: #Men: Masculinities in Popular Culture
First Year Program: Queer Performances on and off the Stage
First Year Seminar: Speak Up! Rhetoric & Public Speaking
PCA 111, Rhetoric and Public Speaking (sometimes offered at Riverview Correctional Facility)
PCA 250, Research Methods in Performance & Communication Arts
PCA 315, Gender & Communication
PCA 335 Sex Talk
PCA 370, Against Health: Rhetoric and the Health Humanities
PCA Special Topics: Rhetorical Theory
PCA Special Topics: Rhetoric of Life & Death
PCA Special Topics: Queer Rhetorics
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America