Maryam Ahmadi

Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture




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 interests lie at the intersection of rhetorical theory and history, the study of colonialism and empire, and global rhetorics. In her current work, Maryam explores how Persian rhetorical theories transpire against the geo-political backdrop of Iran’s encounter with “the West,” and what “semi-colonial” contexts such as Iran reveal about the entangled histories of rhetoric, empire, and decolonization.


  • 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