Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Year Started at JMU: 2012
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Ph.D., English/Rhetoric & Writing, Universtiy of Rhode Island, 2011

M.A., English/Rhetoric & Writing, University of Rhode Island, 2006

B.A., English Literature & Gender Studies, St. Joseph's University, 2002

Professional Focuses

Rhetoric of health and medicine, mental health rhetoric research, feminist rhetorics, writing as healing


Book and Edited Volume

Molloy, C. (2020). Rhetorical ethos in health and medicine: Patient credibility, stigma, and misdiagnosis. New York, NY: Routledge.

White-Farnham, J., Finer, B. S., & Molloy, C. (2019). Women's health advocacy: Rhetorical ingenuity for the 21st century. New York, NY: Routledge.

Scholarly Articles, Chapters, and Entries

"'I've Gotten a Lot of Sympathy and That's Not What I'm Looking For': Epistemic and Ontological Violence in Writing as Healing Pedagogies." Cathryn Molloy and James Zimmerman. In Violence in the Work of Composition (eds. Fleckenstein and Gage). Forthcoming in Spring 2022 from Utah State University Press.

"Affective Writing Toward Feasible Futures: Helping Students Envision Triumph, Trauma, and Everything in Between." With James Zimmerman. In Preserving Emotion in Student Writing: Innovation in Composition Pedagogy, ed. Craig Wynne, in the Peter Lang series, "Writing in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Instruction, Practice, and Theory." New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien (2021): 105-15. Print. 

"Credibility at the clinic: a qualitative interview study of rhetorical ethos in patients' conversations with care providers when symptoms are first misdiagnosed as 'in the patient's head.'" SAGE Research Methods Cases in Medicine & Health (2020). 

"Corporeal idioms of distress: A rhetorical meditation on psychogenic conditions." In E. Frost & Eble (Eds), Interrogating Gendered Pathologies, University of Utah Press (2020).

"Durable, portable research through partnerships with interdisciplinary advocacy groups, specific research topics, and larger data sets." Technical Communication Quarterly. (2019) Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10572252.2019.1588375

"A Dialogue on Possibilities for Embodied Methodologies in the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine." Rhetoric of Health & Medicine 1(3-4) (2018): 349-371. doi: 10.5744/rhm.2018.1017

"Writing Renewal Retreats: The Scholarly Writer, Contemplative Practice, and Scholarly Productivity." To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development 36.2 (2017): 137-55.

"Multimodal Composing as Healing: Toward a New Model for Writing as Healing Courses.” Composition Studies 44.2 (2016): 134-52.

“ ‘I Just Really Love My Spirit’: A Rhetorical Inquiry into Dissociative Identity Disorder.” Rhetoric Review 34.4 (2015): 462-78. Print.

““Recuperative Ethos and Agile Epistemologies: Toward a Vernacular Engagement with Mental Illness Ontologies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 45.2 (2015): 138–163.

“"Getting by or Getting in?: Grappling with Access and Affect in Qualitative Research Projects Involving Vulnerable Human Subjects.” Qualitative Inquiry, 21.5 (2015): 467-77. Print

“‘Curiosity Won’t Kill Your Cat’: A Meditation on Bathroom Graffiti as Underlife Public Writing.” Writing on the Edge 24.1 (2013). 17-24. Print.

“The Malcliché: An Argument for an Unlikely Episteme.” College English 73.2 (2010): 138.55. Print.

“Rhetorical Dexterity: A New Model for Teaching Writing.” Modern Language Studies 37.1 (2007): 54-67. Print. 


"Review of The Politics of Pain Medicine: A Rhetorical-Ontological Inquiry, by S. Scott Graham." RSQ (2020). 

“Threshold Concepts and Topoi: Reading the 2013 CCCC Conference as “Overproduction of Mass Desire”—both Material and Academic.” Kairos 18.1 (2013). Web. 


"An Interview with Dr. J. Fred Reynolds - Preview to his Essay 'A Short History of Mental Health Rhetoric Research (MHRR).'" Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (forthcoming). Web. 

Creative Writing

"Trying to Put Out a Fire." Bright Sleep Magazine (2017): n.p.

“Passing Out.” The Independent Scribe (2009): 21-4. Print.

“A Cataloguing of Materials Found in a Cold Case File.” Dash Literary Journal 2.1 (2009): 16-19. Print.

 “The Patron Saint of Broken Glass.” Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship 3.2 (2006): 142-57. Web.

“The Squatters.” The Julie Mango Journal for Creative Expression (2006): Print.

“A Full Recovery” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine. (2002). Print. 

“Irene” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine.  (2001). Print. 

“Smoke.” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine.  (2000). Print. 

“untitled poem.” Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine (1999). Print.  


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