Heather Suzanne Woods is a scholar and teacher of digital rhetoric.
She has been researching the relationship between technology and culture for nearly a decade. Heather’s research projects focus on rhetorics of futurity and innovation.
She recently wrote a book on memes and politics. Her current book, Living in Digitality: The Rhetoric of Smart Homes, is under advance contract with the University of Alabama Press. Heather’s research has been featured in Wired, The Atlantic, CBC’s Spark, The Washington Post, The LA Times, and more.
Consulting and Commentary
Heather is available for consulting, trainings, and media commentary
on rhetoric + technology
Praise for Make America Meme Again
Make America Meme Again serves as a necessary investigation of memetic discourse and the rhetorics of the Alt-right….Heather Suzanne Woods and Leslie A. Hahner offer a foundational introduction that will remain indispensable for years to come.”
Kelly Williams Nagel
Quarterly Journal of Speech
[T]he brilliance of this book also offers a reckoning with the impressive rhetorical power and viral nature of memes, the continuously shifting format of argumentative appeals, the notable community-building elements of online digital platforms, less traditional yet rapidly emerging forms of rhetorical address, and the ever-evolving nature of persuasive tactics and their role in shaping democracy as we know it.
Mallory L. Marsh
Argumentation & Advocacy
Woods and Hahner are not simply trying to add their savvy contribution to media studies, political science, and political communication; they are challenging these fields to rethink many of the very premises that currently undergird them.
Michael Mario Albrecht
Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association
Heather Suzanne Woods is a scholar and researcher of digital rhetoric.
Her areas of expertise include memes, virtual assistants Siri and Alexa, online activism and social media, and smart homes.
She is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Communication Studies at Kansas State University.
She is author of Make America Meme Again: The Rhetoric of the Alt-Right with Leslie Hahner.