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Associate Professor and Associate Director of WRTC
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 Volumes

Melonçon, L., & Molloy, C. (2022) Strategic Interventions in Mental Health Rhetoric. Routledge.

Molloy, C. (2020). Rhetorical ethos in health and medicine: Patient credibility, stigma, and

misdiagnosis. Routledge. (Reviewed by Kelly Pender (2021), Journal of Medical Humanities (42). 295–299.

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

 Scholarly Articles, Chapters, and Entries

Molloy, C. and Hensley Owens. K. Neurotic loops and the limits of awareness: Toward new apertures for activist oriented RHM work. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (5)4.

Hensley Owens. K. and Molloy, C. (2022). Looking for a Mind [and Body and Heart] at Work. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (5)3.

Molloy, C. and Hensley Owens. K. (2022). Variants and/in/of the rhetoric of health and medicine. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (5)1.

Molloy, C. and Zimmerman, J. (2022). “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. In S. Gage and K. Fleckenstein (Eds.), Violence in the Work of Composition. Utah State University Press. Forthcoming August.

Scott, J. Blake, Molloy, C. Melonçon, L. (2021). Examining evidence in RHM. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (4)3. 275-287.

Rouillon, V., Molloy, C., & Ghiaciuc, S. (2021). Feminist material in unlikely archival collections: Recoveries and reconsiderations of women’s letters to S. Weir Mitchell (1829-1914), 19th century physician.  Peitho (24)24.  144-151.

Molloy, C. Scott, J.B., Melonçon, L. (2021). Ruminations on the Long Haul: Harnessing RHM's Hybridity. Rhetoric of Health and Medicine(4)1. iii-ix.

Scott, J.B., Melonçon, L., & Molloy, C. Continuing our speculative study in the present: Critique as provocation. (2020) Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (3)4. iii-xiv.

Zimmerman, J. and Molloy, C. (2020). Affective writing toward feasible futures: helping students envision triumph, trauma, and everything in between." In C. Wynne (Ed.) Preserving emotion in student writing: innovation in composition pedagogy. Peter Lang. (pp. 105-115).

Molloy, C. Holladay, D., & Melonçon, L. The place of mental health rhetoric research (mhrr) in rhetoric of health and medicine and beyond.Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (3)2. iii-x.

Molloy, C. (2020) 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

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

Molloy, C. (2021). Knowing when & how to push back against healthcare providers. Lupus Health Shop Blog.

Molloy, C. (2019). Durable, portable research through partnerships with interdisciplinary advocacy groups, specific research topics, and larger data sets. Technical Communication Quarterly, 28(2), 165-176.

Molloy, C., Beemer, C., Bennett, J., Green, A., Johnson, J., Kessler, M., . . . Siegel-Finer, B. (2018). A dialogue on possibilities for embodied methodologies in the rhetoric of health & medicine. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, 1(3-4), 349-371.

Brantmeier, E., Molloy, C., & Byrne, J. (2017). Writing renewal retreats: The scholarly writer, contemplative practice, and scholarly productivity. To Improve the Academy, 36(2), 137-155. doi:10.1002/tia2.20061

Molloy, C. (2016). Multimodal composing as healing: Toward a new model for writing as healing courses. Composition Studies, 44(2), 134.

Molloy, C. (2015c). Recuperative ethos and agile epistemologies: Toward a vernacular engagement with mental illness ontologies. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 45(2), 138-163.

Molloy, C. (2015b). Getting by or getting in? grappling with access and affect in qualitative research projects involving vulnerable human subjects. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(5), 467-476.

Molloy, C. (2015a). “I just really love my spirit”: A rhetorical inquiry into dissociative identity disorder. Rhetoric Review, 34(4), 462-478.

Molloy, C. (2013). "Curiosity won't kill your cat": A meditation on bathroom graffiti as underlife public writing. Writing on the Edge, 24(1), 17-24. 

Molloy, C. (2010). The malcliché: An argument for an unlikely episteme. College English, 73(2), 138-155.

Molloy, C. (2007). Rhetorical dexterity: A new model for teaching writing. Modern Language Studies, 37(1), 54-67.

Special Issue  

Special Issue of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, “Interrogating the Past and Shaping the Future of Mental Health Rhetoric Research,” 2020 (Editor, with Lisa Melonçon and Drew Holladay).


Creative Writing


Molloy, C. (2017). Trying to put out a fire. Bright Sleep Magazine 1.

Molloy, C. (2009) Passing out. The Independent Scribe, 21-4.

Molloy, C. (2009) A cataloguing of materials found in a cold case file. Dash Literary Journal 2(1), 16-19.

Molloy, C. (2006). The patron saint of broken glass. Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship 3(2), 142-57.

Molloy, C. (2006). The squatters.” The julie mango journal for creative expression. n.p.




Molloy, C. (2021) Being at Genetic Risk: Toward a Rhetoric of Care, by Kelly Pender. Rhetoric Review 40(1), 104-106.


Molloy, C. (2017). The politics of pain medicine: A rhetorical-ontological inquiry, by S. Scott Graham. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 47(4), 383-


Molloy, C. (2013). Threshold concepts and topoi: Reading the 2013 CCCC conference as ‘overproduction of mass

desire’—both material and academic. Kairos 18(1).





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