Department of English

Sarah Hallenbeck

Associate Professor
Sarah Hallenbeck - Photo by Rory LavertyComposition Coordinator
Morton Hall 160


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B.A., The College of William and Mary

Academic Interests

Professor Hallenbeck is interested in the interrelations among gender, materiality, and rhetorics of science and technology. She teaches classes in rhetoric and professional communication. Her current book project examines American women's participation in the bicycle craze of the 1890s; in it, she explores how women's writings helped to shape both the design of the machine and the uses to which it was put.

Major Publications

Claiming the Bicycle: Women, Rhetoric, and Technology in Nineteenth-Century America. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.

"Mapping Topoi in the Rhetorical Gendering of Work." With Michelle Smith.Peitho17.2 (2015): 200-225.

"Gender, Material Chronotopes, and the Emergence of the Eighteenth-Century Microscope." With Chelsea Redeker Milbourne. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 43.5 (2013): 401-424.

"Being Prepared and Working Together: Early Girl Scouting as a Site for Citizenship Training." In Women Rhetors Between the Wars. Ed. Ann George, Elizabeth Weiser, and Janet Zepernick. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013: 79-95.

"Toward a Posthuman Perspective: Feminist Rhetorical Methodologies and Everyday Practices." Advances in the History of Rhetoric 15.1 (2012): 9-27.

"User Agency, Technical Communication, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Bicyclist." Technical Communication Quarterly 21.4 (2012): 290-306.

"Riding Out Of Bounds: Women Bicyclists' Embodied Medical Authority in the Nineteenth-Century Popular Magazine." Rhetoric Review 29.4 (2011): 327 - 345.