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

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

Zornitsa Keremidchieva is Macalester’s Director of Writing (see Writing Initiatives) and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the American University in Bulgaria (1997). She has two master’s degrees from the University of Maine: one in English with a Concentration in Composition, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy (1999) and a second one in Communication Studies (2001). While at the University of Maine, Keremidchieva also completed graduate coursework toward professional certification in Teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language. Her PhD is in Communication Studies (Political Rhetoric) with Graduate Minors in Literacy & Rhetorical Studies and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota (2007). In addition to her work with Macalester’s writing program and Political Science department, Keremidchieva serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as an affiliated graduate faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s department of Communication Studies.

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.

In Political Science, 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 discourse analysis. 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. And POLI 262: American Political Thought surveys the key political ideas that have shaped the American experience from the colonial period to the present. . 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. She has also taught the Political Science capstone experience class.

Prof. Keremidchieva can be contacted via email: or by phone: 651-696-6637. She is on sabbatical during the spring semester of 2016.

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