Wallace S Golding

 Wallace Golding

Contact Information

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

Wallace studies the rhetorics of protest, resistance, and political identity, exploring the articulations of each at particular moments in American history. To this point, much of his work has focused on the 1960s, especially the Southern campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. He pays specific attention to varying conceptualizations of rights and the dynamics of citizenship 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, George Wallace, and James Baldwin.

More recently, Wallace has become interested in how rhetorical critics can use computational methods to make sense of large corpora of texts. This is the subject of some of his current work, which examines social media discourse surrounding modern social movements and moments of political turmoil. Wallace is also interested in the rhetorical interactions between various social movements throughout American history and the role place and space play in activism.


  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham