Maryam Ahmadi

Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture

Teaching Assistant



6067 Vilas Hall


  • Tuesdays 10am-12pm and by appointment

Maryam is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture program in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research explores the possibilities and limits of the rhetorics of epistemic decolonization, with current work focused on the discourse of gharbzadegi [occidentosis] within the context of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. By engaging rhetorical theory and history, decolonial studies, and theories of political economy, Maryam examines the rhetoric of gharbzadegi as a geo- and body-politically specific genre of epistemic decolonization to consider how “non-Western” rhetorics and knowledges resist and/or replicate the machinery of epistemic and economic violence.


  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2019
  • M.A. Political Sociology, University of Tehran, 2014
  • B.A. English, University of Tehran, 2010


  • William E. Elliott Dissertation Scholarship, 2020
  • University Summer Fellowship, 2020
  • Elizabeth Warner Risser Fellowship, 2020
  • Charles Chester Pearce Award, 2019


  • CA 100 – Introduction to Speech Communication
  • CA 200 – Introduction to Digital Communication
  • CA 260 – Communication and Human Behavior
  • CA 262 – Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate
  • CA 310 – Gender and Communication
  • CA 310 – The Discourse of Dictators, Demagogues, and Extremists
  • CA 360 – Introduction to Rhetoric in Politics and Culture
  • CA 373 – Intercultural Communication and Rhetoric