Sharon Yam

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  • Associate Professor
  • Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Center for Equality and Social Justice
1333 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English (Composition and Rhetoric) 
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English (Literary Studies) 
B.A. University of Pittsburgh, English, Politics and Philosophy 
Dr. Sharon Yam is the winner of the Rhetoric Society of America Fellows' Early Career Award in 2021. Her monograph Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship (Ohio State University Press, Intersectional Rhetorics Series) draws attention to how intersecting networks of power—particularly race and ethnicity, gender, and social class—marginalize transnational subjects who find themselves outside a dominant citizenship that privileges familiarity and socioeconomic and racial superiority. This book is shortlisted for the 2019 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award, and is the winner of the 2021 CCCC Outstanding Book Award. 
Her current research and teaching focus on the framework of reproductive justice. Her most recent project adopts the reproductive justice framework to examine how doulas, particularly those who work with marginalized communities, conceptualize and enact advocacy.