Sarah Singer

Office:   Greenlaw 323


B.A. University of Maryland, magna cum laude, 2013.



Sarah Singer is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Drawing on her experiences as a patient and peer health educator, Sarah's research focuses on chronic illness in the medical and public spheres. Sarah's dissertation, tentatively titled, “A Cure for Lyme Disease: Rhetorics of Patient Empowerment,” examines how different stakeholders adopt the language of patient empowerment to make claims about the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from Lyme Disease. For more information about her background and teaching philosophy, please see her personal website

Selected Publications:

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • "Medical Narratives--Cultivating Stories, Voices, Selves, Knowledge, Action." Roundtable. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. March 2017.
  • "Lyme Disease Epistemologies: Knowing Through Stories." Panel Discussion. HHEX: Health and Humanities Exchange Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. November 2016. 
  • "Writing Diabetes: The Composition and Rhetoric of Illness Essays." Panel Discussion. The Examined Life Conference. Iowa City, IA. October 2016.
  • "Teaching with Technology: A Conversation Starter." Roundtable. Council of Writing Program Administrators' 2016 Conference. Raleigh, NC. July 2016. 

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL105 (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
  • ENGL105i: Writing in Health and Medicine (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • ENGL304: Advanced Business Writing (Co-Instructor - Fall 2016)
  • WMST101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Teaching Assistant - Spring 2015)


Teaching Awards

Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2017)

Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2016)



Edwell, Jennifer, Singer, Sarah, and Jordynn Jack. "Healing Arts: Rhetorical Techne as Medical (Humanities) Intervention." Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly. Accepted; Forthcoming.  

Singer, Sarah, and Jordynn Jack. "Performing Chronicity: Gender, Illness, and Online Identity." The Rhetoric of Health and Medicine as/is: Theories and Concepts for an Emerging Field, edited by Lisa Meloncon, Scott Graham, Jenell Johnson, John Lynch, and Cynthia Ryan. Forthcoming. 

Singer, Sarah, Bloom-Pojar, Rachel, Dubriwny, Tasha, Kinney, Tiffany, McFarlane, Megan, Murawski, Carrie, Stockwell, Jennifer, and Robin Jensen. "Reevaluating Our Commitments: Intersectionality, Interdisciplinarity, and the Future of Feminist Rhetoric." Rhetoric's Change, edited by Jenny Rice and Chelsea Graham. Forthcoming. 

Singer, Sarah, Weed, Kym, Stockwell, Jennifer, Jack, Jordynn, and Jane Thrailkill. "Advancing Pre-Health Humanities as Intensive Research Practice: Principles and Recommendations from a Cross-Disciplinary Baccalaureate Setting." Pre-Health Humanities Education, special issue of Journal of Medical Humanities. Accepted; first online 01 June 2017. 

Singer, Sarah. "Rethinking Recovery Work: New Directions in Feminist Histories of Rhetoric." Review of Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, by Jordynn Jack, Dirty Words: The Rhetoric of Public Sex Education, by Robin E. Jensen, and Breast or Bottle?: Contemporary Controversies in Infant-Feeding Policy and Practice, by Amy Koerber. Peitho, vol. 19, no. 1, 2016. pp. 166-77. 

Singer, Sarah. "Beyond the Domestic Sphere: Home Economics and the Education of Women at Maryland State College, 1916–94." Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, vol. 10, 2012, pp. 105-15.