Gwendolyn Pough is Fresh, Bold and So Def

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Gwendolyn D. Pough is Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities and affiliate faculty in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program at Syracuse University. Her research interests include African-American rhetorics and literacies, feminist rhetorics, hip-hop studies, public sphere theories, and popular culture. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and the single-authored book Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture and the Public Sphere. She has also co-edited two special journal issues and the critically acclaimed anthology, Home Girls Make Some Noise: A Hip-Hop Feminism Anthology. She is currently finishing a book on black women’s book clubs and reading groups titled, Sistah-Girl Literacies: Black Women Reading and Writing. The Rhetoric Society of America has long been a part of Gwen’s conference rotation. It would be her honor to serve the organization in a more formal capacity. She has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Before being elected to the Chair rotation of CCCC, she served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Nominating Committee for the organization. She is currently serving in elected positions for two other national organizations. She was elected to a five-year (2015-2020) position on the Executive Committee of the Division on Popular Culture for the Modern Language Association. She was recently elected to chair the Third Wave Feminisms Group of the National Women’s Studies Association. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and is a member of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium and Editorial Board. When asked to serve the Rhetoric Society of America in the past, whether it was as a seminar featured scholar for the 2007 Biennial Summer Institute or as a member of the Policies and Procedures Task Force, she has never hesitated to say yes. When asked this summer if she would be willing to stand for election to the Board, she again did not hesitate to say yes. She wishes to be a part of the conversations, visioning and work needed to insure the RSA’s continued success and growth as an organization.

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