Zornitsa Keremidchieva

Zornitsa Keremidchieva

Senior Lecturer of Political Science and Writing Director
Rhetorical studies, feminist political theory and history, immigration studies

Carnegie Hall, 203b
Telephone: 651-696-6637

Rhetorical studies, feminist political theory and history, immigration studies.

Zornitsa Keremidchieva received her BA in 1997 with a double major in English and Business Administration and a minor in Fine Arts from the American University in Bulgaria. She holds two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Maine—one in English with a concentration in Composition, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy (1999) and the other one in Communication (2001). Her PhD is in Communication Studies (Rhetoric) with PhD minors in Feminist Studies and Rhetoric and Literacy Studies from the University of Minnesota, 2007. In addition to her appointment at Macalester, she currently serves as Affiliated Graduate Faculty at the University of Minnesota. She is also an affiliated faculty for the Dept. of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Macalester College.

Keremidchieva’s research interests focus on the intersection of feminist theory and political discourse. Her dissertation titled “The Gendering of Legislative Rationality: Women, Immigrants, and the Nationalization of Citizenship, 1918-1922,” examined the intersection of discourses about women and immigrants in Congressional rhetorics in the early 20th century. It was awarded the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in 2008. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation & Advocacy, Women & Language, Journal of Argumentation in Context, Feminist Media Studies, in edited collections such as Globalizing Intercultural Communication, The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication  and The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, and in the proceedings of organizations such as International Society for the Study of Argumentation.

Keremidchieva teaches courses that offer critical and historical perspectives on American political culture. At the introductory level, Keremidchieva teaches POLI 101: Argument & Advocacy which provides students with practical tools for analyzing and participating in political discussions and POLI 170: Rhetorical Theory, which highlights the connections between public discourse and democratic life. At the intermediary level, she teaches POLI 261: Feminist Political Theory which surveys key theoretical debates between mainstream and feminist political thought; POLI 272: Researching Political Communication is a methods course that introduces students to techniques of textual analysis; and POLI 208 is a course that explores the political ideas about citizenship that have driven U.S. immigration policy from the Naturalization Act of 1790 to the present. Occasionally Keremidchieva also teaches POLI 262: American Political Thought. At the 300 level, Keremidchieva teaches POLI 305: Women’s Voices in Politics which is a research seminar exploring women’s engagement with US politics.

  • BA: American University in Bulgaria
  • MA: University of Maine
  • PhD: University of Minnesota