Photo of Candace Epps-Robertson, taken by Sarah Boyd

Assistant Professor

Phd Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University

MA English, Virginia Commonwealth University

BA English & Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University



Broadly stated, my research examines social histories of rhetoric and literacy. I am interested in how marginalized and underrepresented communities define, practice, and teach citizenship through rhetorical educations. Much of my work focuses on African American communities in the South.

My first book, Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia is forthcoming with the University of Pittsburgh Press (October 2018). In it, I examine a literacy program designed to serve a community that closed public schools from 1959-1964 to oppose integration. My second book will investigate rhetorical educations in the Black community during Reconstruction and what implications that moment holds for contemporary conversations about race and citizenship.

To read more, visit my website


  • Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia.  UP of Pittsburgh (forthcoming October 2018)
  • “Radical, Conservative, Extreme: Rhetorical Education of the Prince Edward County Free School, 1963-1964” Alternative Histories: Composition in Normal Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1839-1969. Eds. Lori Ostergaard and Henrietta Rix. Pennsylvania: U of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. 61-76. Print.
  • “Teaching Must be Our Demonstration!:” Literacy, Citizenship, and Activism in the Prince Edward County Free School Association, 1963-1965.” Literacy in      Composition Studies Journal 3.1: (2015): 82-92. Web. 15 March 2015.
  • “The Race to Erase Brown vs. Board of Education: The Virginia Way and the Rhetoric of Massive Resistance.” Rhetoric Review 35: 2 (2016): 108-120.
  • “Writing with Your Family at the Kitchen Table: Balancing Home and Academic Communities.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Vol 14, No 1, (2016), web.


  • 2016 Theresa J. Enos Award for Best Article in Rhetoric Review
  • Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 2010

Courses Taught:

ENGL 105i Writing in the Humanities

ENGL 301 Advanced Expository Writing in the Humanities

ENGL 805 Special Topics: African American Rhetoric

Curriculum Vitae / Resume