Wallace S Golding

 Wallace Golding

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

Office Hours

  • TR 2:00-3:30, or by appointment
Graduate Student


Wallace Golding is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MA student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, where he studies rhetoric and public discourse.

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Research Description

Broadly, Wallace studies the rhetorics of protest, resistance, and political identity, exploring the articulations of each at particular moments in American history. Until recently, much of his work focused on racial activism following World War II, especially the Southern campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. He has paid specific attention to varying conceptualizations of rights and rhetorical constructions of identity in the era, which has led him to analyze the speeches and writings of figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and James Baldwin, among others.

More recently, Wallace has become interested in how social and digital media affect public argument and discourse as they relate to social movement and protest, asking, in part, how rhetorical critics might use computational methods to make sense of large corpora of texts. This is the subject of much of his current work, which examines online discourses and theorizes activist rhetorics in the context of contemporary social movement and moments of political turmoil.


  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham