Katharine J. Ronald

Katherine RonaldProfessor of English
Former Roger and Joyce L. Howe Professor
Former Director, Howe Writing Initiative, Richard T. Farmer School of Business


Ph.D., University of Louisville, 1984

M.A., University of Louisville

B.A., University of Dayton

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Rhetorical History
  • Women’s Rhetorics
  • Writing-across-the-Curriculum

Selected Publications

  • Available Means: An Anthology of Women’s Rhetoric(s). University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001. With Joy Ritchie.
  • Reason to Believe: Romanticism, Pragmatism, and the Teaching of Writing. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. With Hephzibah Roskelly.
  • Farther Along: Transforming Dichotomies in Rhetoric and Composition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann/ Boynton/ Cook Publishers. With Hephzibah Roskelly. 1990.
  • “Pedagogy and Public Engagement: The Uses of Women’s Rhetorics.” In Rhetorical Woman. Eds. Hildy Miller and Lillian Bridwell-Bowles. With Joy Ritchie. Southern Illinois UP. Forthcoming.
  • “Literacy on the Margins of Power and Prestige: Louisa May Alcott’s Pragmatic Rhetoric” in Women and Literacy: Inquiries for a New Century, edited by Peter Mortensen and Beth Daniell. Forthcoming from Southern Illinois UP. With Hephzibah Roskelly
  • “Mothers, Spinsters, Othermothers: New Models for Women Mentors and Their Students.” In Reinterpreting the Dissertation in Composition and Rhetoric: Reimagining the Discipline. Eds. Nancy Welch, et. al. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003: 55-66. With Joy Ritchie and Hephzibah Roskelly.
  • “Embodied Voice: Peter Elbow’s Physical Rhetoric.” In Writing with Elbow. Eds. Pat Belanoff, Sheryl Fontaine, Marcia Dickson, and Charles Moran. Logan, Utah: State University Press, 2002: 210-223. With Hephzibah Roskelly.
  • “Learning to Take it Personally: The Ethics of Collaborative Writing.” In Personal Effects: The Social Character of Scholarly Writing. Eds. Deborah H. Holdstein and David Bleich. Logan, Utah: State University Press, 2002: 253-267. With Hephzibah Roskelly
  • “Untested Feasibility: Imagining the Pragmatic Possibility of Paulo Freire.” College English 63 (May 2001): 612-632. With Hephzibah Roskelly.
  • “‘Befriending’ Other Teachers: Communities of Teaching and the Ethos of Curricular Leadership.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 1 (Spring 2001): 317-327.

Work in Progress

Professor Ronald is working on a new book on women on the margins of the pragmatic movement in the late 19th/early 20th century.