Bryan Trabold, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair
Department of English

Phone: 617-573-8275
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: 8056, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont



Fall 2018 Office Hours 

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Tuesdays
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Wednesdays


  • 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

Selected Publications

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

"'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.

Courses Taught

WRI 102  First Year Writing II
WRI H103  Advanced First Year Writing
ENG 135  World Literature in English
ENG 153  Literature of War
ENG 218  American Literature II
ENG 301  Literary Criticism Seminar (Orwell)
ENG 320  Writing and Tutoring: Theory and Practice
ENG 321  Writing and Tutoring: Theory and Practice II
ENG 394  Critical Prose
ENG 395  Rhetoric and Memoir
ENG 422  African Literature
ENG 430  Literature of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars
ENG 525  Honors Seminar in English
SF 1127  The Vietnam and Iraq Wars
SF 1101  Hearts of Whiteness/Hearts of Darkness
SF 147  Liberation Movements at Home and Abroad