I study rhetoric, focusing on the role that rhetoric plays in forming identity. I have published in the areas of Southern identity, social movements and animal rights, visual rhetoric, and women and the media. I also publish work in the area of communication centers.
I have published 3 books. The most recent book was written with Ashli Quesinberry Stokes and discusses the role of Southern food in the development of Southern identity. I’ve also published edited volumes with Esther Yook on peer tutoring (Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice) and communication centers (Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education).
- Stokes, Ashli Q., & Atkins-Sayre, Wendy. Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South. University Press of Mississippi. 2016.
- Atkins-Sayre, Wendy, & Yook, Eunkyong. (Eds.). Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. Peter Lang Publishing. 2015.
- Co-edited volume with Eunkyong Yook as lead editor, Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions. 2012
- PETA, Rhetorical Fracture, and the Power of Digital Activism. Public Relations Inquiry
- Crafting the Cornbread Nation: The Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Identity, Southern Communication Journal.
- Snapshots of the South: Eudora Welty’s photography and contested images of the South, Southern Communication Journal
- Articulating identity: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the animal/human divide, Western Journal of Communication
- Naming women: The emergence of ‘Ms’ as a liberatory title, Women & Language
- Speaking our Minds: Communication Centers and Critical Thinking. In E. L. Yook & W. Atkins-Sayre (Eds.), Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions
- With Michael King as first author: Focusing on Faculty: The Importance of Faculty Support to Communication Center Success. In E. L. Yook & W. Atkins-Sayre (Eds.), Communication Centers and Oral Communication Programs in Higher Education: Advantages, Challenges, and New Directions
- Recognizing the Past, Celebrating Change: The “Mississippi, Believe It!” Campaign Redefines the South. In A. Slade, D. Givens-Carroll, & A. Narro (Eds.), Mediated Images of the South: The Portrayal of Dixie in Popular Culture
- Protection from “Animal Rights Lunatics”: The Center for Consumer Freedom and Animal Rights Rhetoric. In G. Goodall & J. E. Black (Eds.), Arguments About Animal Ethics
- Governor Mom: Jane Swift and the Body Politic. In J. Edwards (Ed.), Gender and Political Communication in America: Rhetoric, Representation, and Display
Here’s my full CV: Atkins-Sayre CV updated 5-18