Texas Tech University

T J Geiger II

Dr. Geiger conducts research in the areas of religious rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, rhetorical history, rhetorics of science, and deliberation. He is the author of Faithful Deliberation: Rhetorical Invention, Evangelicalism, and #MeToo Reckonings (University of Alabama Press, 2022). His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as Rhetoric Society Quarterly, College English, Rhetoric Review, Composition Studies, and Peitho. Throughout his career, he has taught courses in rhetoric, professional and technical communication, spiritual writing, persuasive writing, science writing, creative nonfiction, civic writing, style, and literary theory. 

Before receiving the Ph.D., Dr. Geiger received a BA in history and English from Lamar University. He then received an MA in English and a graduate certificate in women's studies from Texas Woman's University. 

Ph.D. Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University


Faithful Deliberation: Rhetorical Invention, Evangelicalism, and #MeToo Reckonings (University of Alabama Press, 2022) 


“Discerning a ‘Counterfeit Love' in Hell Houses: Inoculation, the Politics of Ressentiment, and Jonathan Edwards.” Journal of Communication and Religion. December 2020 issue. 

“Coming to Faith, Coming to Science: Lula Pace, Ethos Strategies, and Demarcation in a Pre-Scopes Evolution Controversy.” Rhetoric Review. December 2020 issue. 

“Social Circulation and a Tremendous Individual: Opportunity in Science, Professionalism, and Progressive Era Educator Lula Pace.” College English. October 2020 issue. 

“Forgiveness is More Than Platitudes: Evangelical Women, Sexual Violence, and Casuistic Tightening.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 59.2 (2019): 163-84.  

“Forsaking Proverbs of Ashes: Evangelical Women, Donald Trump, and Rhetorical Grace.” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 20.2 (2018): 315-337. 

“An Intimate Discipline? Writing Studies, Undergraduate Majors, and Relational Labor.” Composition Studies 43.2 (2015). 

“Unpredictable Encounters: Religious Discourse, Sexuality, and the Free Exercise of Rhetoric.” College English 75.3 (2013): 248-69. 

“Our Work is Our Prayer: Scholarship, Invention, and Spiritual Activism.” Peitho: A Publication of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 11.1.2 (2009): 1-7. 

“‘I don't know what I'm doing': The Struggles of Untrained OWL Tutors.” CCTE Studies (a publication of the Conference of College Teachers of English). 73 (2008): 77-83. 

Scholarly Note 

“‘Blockbuster Sermons' and Authorship Issues in Evangelicalism.” 2018 Intellectual Property Annual. IP Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. (2019): 5-9.   

Encyclopedia Entries 

“Black Feminism” and “Womanist.” LGBTQ America Today. Ed. John Hawley. Greenwood Press, 2008. 

“E. Lynn Harris.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Ed. Tarshia Stanley. Greenwood Press, 2008.   

Poetry & Reviews 

With Melody Pugh. “Christian Rhetorics: Toward a Hopeful Future.” Composition Studies 43.2 (2015). 

“Correctness and Other Myths.” Concho River Review. 28.2 (2014): 113.  

Rev. of Beyond the Pulpit: Women's Rhetorical Roles in the Antebellum Religious Press by Lisa J. Shaver. Peitho. 15.1 (2012): 100-06. 

“The Fire This Time” and “To Pundits.” Pulse: The Literary Magazine of Lamar University. 54 (2006): 15—16.


Assistant Professor
Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Email: tj.geiger@ttu.edu