Maryam Ahmadi

Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture




6067 Vilas Hall


  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 PM and by appointment

Maryam is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Politics, & Culture in the Department of Communication Arts. Her research interests lie at the intersection of global rhetorics, critical studies of colonialism and empire, and social movement studies. Her doctoral work advances a rhetorical theory of semi-colonialism, shedding light on the co-constitutive relationships of rhetoric, imperial expansion, and socio-political dissent in polities that stand at the edges—neither inside nor outside—of the colonial order.


  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2019
  • M.A. Political Science (Political Sociology), University of Tehran, 2014
  • B.A. English (Language and Literature), University of Tehran, 2010


  • Graduate School Fellowship, Spring 2023.
  • Weaver Excellence Award, Spring 2022.
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Spring 2022.
  • William E. Elliott Dissertation Scholarship, Fall 2020.
  • Communication Arts Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2020.
  • Elizabeth Warner Risser Fellowship, Spring 2020.
  • Graduate Student International Travel Grant, Summer 2019.
  • Charles Chester Pearce Award, Spring 2019.
  • Top Graduate Student Award (Ranked 1st among 7520 candidates for graduate programs in Political Science and International Relations), Master’s Degree National examination, Iran, 2011.


  • 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 – The Discourse of Dictators, Demagogues, and Extremists
  • CA 360 – Introduction to Rhetoric in Politics and Culture
  • CA 373 – Intercultural Communication and Rhetoric