M. Amanda Moulder

M. Amanda Moulder
Phone: (619) 260-4565
Office: Founders Hall 166C

Assistant Professor, English
Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, English (Rhetoric and Composition), 2010
  • Graduate Portfolio in Indigenous Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, English (American literature) 2005
  • B.A. Goucher College, English and American studies, 2000

Amanda Moulder is the Writing Program Director and an assistant professor in the Department of English.

Moulder’s scholarship is at the intersection of writing pedagogy, decolonial rhetorics, and literacy studies.  She researches traditionally excluded rhetorical traditions on their own cultural and political terms, and examines the rhetorics and literacies that result when distinct cultural traditions interact on uneven ground (where one group has greater political power than the other). She won the 2015 Kathleen Ethel Welch Best Article Award from the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition for “‘By Women You Were Brought Forth into This World’: Cherokee Women’s Oratorical Education in the late Eighteenth Century.” This essay analyzes Cherokee women’s eighteenth-century speeches to show how Cherokee women fought colonial encroachment by drawing on their rhetorical traditions: arguments premised on the principles of Native sovereignty, ideas rooted in Cherokee oral traditions, and a continual insistence on women's political authority. It is an excerpt from the book-length project she is developing, “They ought to mind what a woman says”: Early Cherokee Women’s Rhetorical Traditions and Rhetorical Education. She has presented portions of this research at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, and Cultural Rhetorics Conference.

Moulder also has research interests in first year writing, archival studies, writing across the curriculum and writing the disciplines, writing and civic engagement, faculty-to-faculty peer mentoring, and collaborative teaching and writing. She has worked as a teacher-administrator-scholar at three other universities, the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Kentucky (Lexington), and most recently, St. John’s University (Queens).

Professional Experience


“Collaborative Co-Mentoring: Faculty Autonomy, Isolation, and Development.” (co-authored with Sophie Bell) Journal of College Literacy and Learning (May 2019)

“Decolonizing Projects: Creating Pluriversal Possibilities in Rhetoric.” (co-authored with Ellen Cushman, Rachel Jackson, Annie Laurie Nichols, Courtney Rivard, Chelsea Murdock, David M. Grant, & Heather Brook Adams) Rhetoric Review (February 2019)   

“By Women, You Were Brought Forth into this World”: Cherokee Women’s Oratorical Education in the Late Eighteenth Century” Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak, Routledge (March 2013). Winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ethel Welch Award.

“Cherokee Practice, Missionary Intentions: Literacy Learning Among Early Nineteenth-Century Cherokee Women.” College Composition and Communication. Special issue on ethnic and indigenous rhetorics. (September 2011)

Areas of Interest

Moulder’s teaching focuses on first year writing, rhetorical theory, indigenous and decolonial rhetorics, feminist historiography, archival research, public writing, cross-cultural literacies, and early American and indigenous literatures.