Bryan Trabold, PhD

Professor, English

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  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA, George Washington University

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and history of the South African and international anti-apartheid movement
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Literacy studies
  • Composition theory



  • Rhetorics of Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2018.
  • Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research Ten Years after Literacy in American Lives. Edited collection. John Duffy, Julie Nelson Christoph, Eli Goldblatt, Nelson Graff, Rebecca S. Nowacek, and Bryan Trabold. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014.

Articles and Selected Essays

  • “’We Risked a Whole Newspaper’: Thami Mkhwanazi’s Robben Island Series and the Weekly Mail,” in Literary Journalism Goes Inside Prison: Just Sentences, eds. David Swick and Richard Lance Keeble, Routledge, (September 2023).
  • “’The Involvement of the State to Be a Secret’: the Impact of Vrye Weekblad and Weekly Mail Exposés on the Apartheid Government and its Conservative Apologists in the United States,” South African Historical Journal 74, no. 2 (September 2022), pp. 308-333.
  • "'A Willingness to Put a Knife in Its Own Back': Advertising, Self-Censorship, and the Weekly Mail's Resistance in Apartheid South Africa." African Journalism Studies. (September, 2017). 159-177.
  • “Historical Narratives as a Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa: The History Workshop and the New Nation.” South African Historical Journal. 62.4 (December, 2010): 735-752.
  • “Walking the Cliff’s Edge: New Nation’s Rhetoric of Resistance in Apartheid South Africa.” College Composition and Communication. 61.2 (December, 2009) w100-w124.
  • “’Hiding Our Snickers’: Weekly Mail Journalists’ Indirect Resistance in Apartheid South Africa” College English 68.4 (March, 2006): 382-406.
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Courses Taught

  • ENG-135 World Literature in English
  • SF-1190 Black Lives Matter
  • SF-H1190 Honors Black Lives Matter
  • ENG-320 Writing and Tutoring I
  • ENG-153 Literature of War
  • ENG-321 Writing and Tutoring II
  • ENG-395 Rhetoric and Memoir
  • ENG-430 Literature of the Vietnam & Iraq Wars
  • ENG-H135 World Literature in English