Texas Tech University

Rachel Wolford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Office: 363C
Email: rachel.wolford@ttu.edu
Website: www.rachelwolford.net

Rachel Wolford studies ethnographic material rhetorics, exploring intersections among the narratives of research participants, the environment, feminist methodologies, rhetorical theory, and technical communication. Her research focuses on how people in their particular environments employ rhetorical strategies to improve their circumstances and how these strategies impact those places. Dr. Wolford's current projects center on women's roles in various forms of agriculture, New Materialist versus discursive accounts of agricultural accidents, and the heterotopic public spaces of geocaching. She has also researched new ways of understanding rhetorical agency and the always-changing work of technical communicators, as the 21st-century postmodern culture has evolved into a post-postmodern culture.

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Publications

  • Wolford, R. (2016). When a woman owns the farm: A case for diachronic and synchronic rhetorical agency. Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture (22). http://enculturation.net/when-a-woman-owns-the-farm
  • Wilson, G., and Wolford R. (forthcoming in January, 2017). The technical communicator as (post-postmodern) discourse worker. Journal of Business and Technical Communication.