Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at Hampden-Sydney College
August 2012 - May 2015
Instructor of Communication Studies at Randolph College
August 2008 - May 2010
“Freedom is Everybody’s Job”: Elizabeth Waring’s Rhetorical Strategies to Dismantle Jim Crow
Forthcoming article in Rhetoric & Public Affairs
This article examines Elizabeth Avery Waring's explosive speech, "Freedom is Everybody's Job," delivered on January 16, 1950, to Coming Street (Black) Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Charleston, South Carolina. Waring received supportive and derogatory letters from people beyond the local audience that she then circulated in media interviews, letters, and subsequent speeches. The strategic circulation of the responses functioned rhetorically as an affirming device to create a white collective that publicly opposed segregation.
December 2021 -
Media, Money & Mental Health
Invited guest lecturer in COMM 275 Communication Theory class at Coastal Carolina University. The lecture examined the political economy of media and coverage of celebrity mental health issues. With a focus on Britney Spears, students and I explored how media's profit motive reinforced negative stereotypes and stigma of mental health.
Invited guest lecturer in RHET 331 Voices of American Women at Sewanee: The University of the South
In this interactive session, I presented my research on Elizabeth Waring, a white woman who publicly denounced segregation. Students and I examined and discussed the provocative and problematic aspects of Waring's public address. Then, we explored the politics of preservation and archival absences, especially for women orators.
In the twenty-first century, monuments and memorials to former colonial empires still stand—sites where the past has a presence. The Queen Victoria Memorial located at Buckingham Palace in conjunction with the adjoining gates and pillars is a material,
public, permanent site that commemorates the past glory of the British Empire. I argue that the Memorial’s materiality rhetorically performs the strategies and tactics of colonialism.
Courage & Controversy: Judge J. Waties Waring's Off-the-Bench Rhetoric
In the Faculty Research Seminar, Dr. Fenimore explores the rhetoric of Judge J. Waties Waring, a native white Southerner who actively resisted white supremacy. Judge Waring provoked controversy and impeachment attempts with his landmark rulings and speeches that dismantled Jim Crow.
This chapter from the book, Mental Illness in Popular Media, explores the intersection of profit and content using media coverage of three women's mental health issues: Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, and Britney Spears.
The University of South Carolina Sumter is pleased to announce that Dr. Wanda Little Fenimore was recently awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. This award is the Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship and suppo...