Bryan Trabold, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair
Department of English

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

Sping 2018 Office Hours 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tuesdays
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Fridays


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

Research Interests

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


Selected Publications

Rhetorics of Resistance: Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa. University of Pittsburgh Press. Forthcoming.
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

ENG-100 Reading and Writing Skills
ENG-101 Freshman English I 
ENG-102 Freshman English II
ENG-201 Intermediate Writing 
ENG-215 American Literature
ENG-216 World Literature in English
ENG-218 American Literature II
ENG-301 Gateway Seminar: George Orwell 
ENG-394 Critical Prose
ENG-395 Rhetoric and Memoir 
ENG-430 Literature of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars
ENG-525 Honors Seminar in English: Literature and Peace Studies
SF-1101 Hearts of Whiteness/Hearts of Darkness
SF-147 Liberation Movements at Home and Abroad