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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 is animated by questions of how non-dominant individuals and groups deploy political language to define their identities, establish certain relationships with the nation, challenge dominant understandings of citizenship, and advocate change in democratic practice and policy. His dissertation investigates the rhetorical history of Black reparations advocacy in the United States.

Wallace teaches courses in public speaking and writing, rhetorical criticism, public policy, and visual rhetoric. In the past, he has 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 service providing free and personalized presentation and public speaking assistance to Illinois students. In addition to his teaching, he currently directs 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 work has received awards such as the Robert Bostrom Young Scholar Award from the Southern States Communication Association, divisional awards from SSCA and the National Communication Association, and a laureate position for NCA’s James L. Golden Award.

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

Nichols-Ehninger Award for 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, 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.