Leslie J. Harris

Leslie J. Harris

Associate Professor

Office: NWQ Building B, Room 4589
Phone: (414) 229-2271
e-mail: harrisl@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vita: PDF 111kb

Rhetorical Leadership Faculty Member


Ph.D., Communication Studies, Northwestern University
M.A., Communication Studies, Northwestern University
B.S., Communication Studies and Gender Studies, Northwestern University

Research Interests:

My research focuses on rhetoric in public culture, especially as it pertains to representations of gender. My current research centers on nineteenth century representations of motherhood and family in legal, political, and social contexts. I have a background in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical history, and argument theory.

Courses Taught:

Commun 335: Critical Analysis of Communication
Commun 436: Recent Rhetorical Theory (Sample Syllabus, pdf 224kb)
Commun 472: Rhetorics of Radicalism in the U.S. (Sample Syllabus, pdf 101kb)
Commun 651: Topics: Rhetorics of Radicalism in the U.S. (Sample Syllabus, pdf 122kb)
Commun 701: Critical Analysis of Communication
Commun 765: Argument Theory and Practice (Sample Syllabus, pdf 91kb)
Commun 874: Rhetoric of Women’s Rights in the U.S. (Sample Syllabus, pdf 510kb)

Recent Publications:

Harris, Leslie J. “Law as Father: Metaphors of Family in Nineteenth-Century Law.” Communication Studies. 61 (2010): 526-542.

Harris, Leslie J. and Kimberly Smith. “Feminists for Life and the Appropriation of History.” In The Functions of Argument and Social Context, edited by Dennis S. Gouran, 158-163. Washington D.C.: National Communication Association, 2010.

Harris, Leslie J. “Motherhood, Race, and Gender: The Rhetoric of Women’s Antislavery Activism in the Liberty Bell Giftbooks.” Women’s Studies in Communication. 32 (Fall 2009): 293-319.

Harris, Leslie J. “Torn from Her Very Bosom: Melodramatic Argument in Nineteenth Century Law.” In Engaging Argument, edited by Patricia Riley, 293-298. Washington: National Communication Association, 2006.

Harris, Leslie J. “The Court, Child Custody, and Social Change: The Rhetorical Role of Precedent in a 19th Century Child Custody Decision.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 34 (Winter 2004): 29-45.