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Wallace S. Golding

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Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant


Wallace Golding is a rhetorical critic and historian of race and reparative justice and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. His work explores the rhetorical history of Black activism in the United States, especially the ways that activists have used political language to define their identities and their relationship to the nation and to argue for changes in democratic practice and policy. His dissertation investigates the rhetorical history of Black reparations in the United States.

Wallace teaches courses in public speaking and writing, rhetorical criticism, public policy, and visual rhetoric. In the past, he served as a peer leader for CMN 111/112 (Oral and Written Communication I/II) and as President of the Communication Graduate Student Association. In fall 2022, he helped launch the Speaking Center at Illinois, a student-support initiative which provides free and personalized presentation and public speaking assistance to any Illinois student. In addition to his teaching, he currently manages the Center and its small but growing staff.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Wallace received his B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2018) and M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2020). His research has received awards such as the Robert Bostrom Young Scholar Award from the Southern States Communication Association and a laureate position for the James L. Golden Award from the National Communication Association.

Research Interests

Rhetorical Criticism and History, Reparations, Black Studies, Citizenship


M.A., Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
B.A., English, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Awards and Honors

Top Student Paper, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association; 2023.

Jesse Delia Award for Research, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; 2023.

Robert Bostrom Young Scholar Award, Southern States Communication Association; 2023.

Top Student Paper, Rhetoric and Public Address Division, Southern States Communication Association; 2023.

Stafford H. Thomas Award for Service, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; 2022.

LAS Impact Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; 2021.

James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award Laureate Group, National Communication Association; 2020.

Courses Taught

CMN 101: Public Speaking
CMN 111/112: Oral and Written Communication I/II
CMN 220: Communicating Public Policy
CMN 321: Strategies of Persuasion
CMN 340: Visual Politics

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Golding, Wallace S. "Description and Abstraction After Racial Violence: The Case of Jesse Washington," in The Charge for Change, ed. Elizabethada Wright and David Beard (Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, Forthcoming 2023).

Golding, Wallace S. "Un/Civil Demonstrators: Race and Civility Politics in the 1917 Silent Protest Parade." Communication and Democracy 56, no. 1 (2022): 28-48.

Book Reviews
Golding, Wallace S. "Book Review: Ecologies of Harm: Rhetorics of Violence in the United States." Quarterly Journal of Speech 108, no. 4 (2022): 453-457.