Shirley Wilson Logan is Professor of English, Associate Chair of the Department, and Immediate Past Chair of the Campus Writing Board at the University of Maryland, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric. She specializes in nineteenth-century African American rhetoric, with an emphasis on women’s oral and written performances. She has published two books on this topic, With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African American Women (1995), and “We are Coming”: The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women (1999). Logan’s interest in rhetorical education culminated in her third book, Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America (2008). She has published several individual essays on women from this period, including Ida Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Victoria Matthews, and Frances Harper, as well as critical examinations of the rhetorical activities of black men and women across the nineteenth-century.
Logan has also published a number of essays on approaches to teaching writing in twentieth- and twenty-first century multilingual classrooms, including studies of the impact of rapidly evolving technologies.
Professor Logan is co-editor of the Southern Illinois University Press series Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms. The series has published seventeen titles, over the past twelve years, of both traditional and cutting-edge scholarly works exploring relationships between rhetoric and feminism within various genres, cultural contexts, historical periods, methodologies, theoretical positions, and methods of delivery.
Professor Logan has held numerous professional positions, including chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and president of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Logan serves or has served on the editorial board of CCC, Rhetoric Review, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, and as a reader for College English, the Rhetoric Society Quarterly, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, and other journals. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rhetoric Society of America and the Advisory Committee for the MLA International Bibliography.
Professor Logan is currently co-chairing the 2014 Maryland Conference on Academic and Professional Writing, to be held October 10-11, 2014. This conference will bring to campus conferees and fifteen of the leading scholars in rhetoric and composition to examine critical issues in theory, research, and best practices in university academic and professional writing courses, especially in the context of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Logan is also working on a rhetorical biography of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) that traces critical connections between her role as a social activist, her literary productions and rhetorical performances and her life experiences, starting with her early years in Baltimore, Maryland.
PhD University of Maryland 1988
MA University of North Carolina 1966