B.A., magna cum laude, Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature. University of Maryland, May 2013. Phi Beta Kappa.


Sarah Singer is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Drawing on her experiences as a patient and peer health educator, Sarah’s research focuses on chronic illness in the medical and public spheres. Sarah’s dissertation, “Rhetorics of Patient Empowerment: Leveraging Lyme Disease and the Future of Chronic Illness,” examines how different stakeholders adopt the language of patient empowerment to make claims about the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from Lyme Disease. For more information about her background and teaching philosophy, please see her personal website.


  • Edwell, Jennifer, Singer, Sarah, and Jordynn Jack. “Healing Arts: Rhetorical Techne
    as Medical (Humanities) Intervention.” Technical Communication Quarterly, special
    issue on “Rhetoric of Health and Medicine,” 2018, pp. 1-14.
  • Singer, Sarah, Weed, Kym, Edwell, Jennifer, Jack, Jordynn, and Jane Thrailkill.
    “Advancing Pre-Health Humanities as Intensive Research Practice: Principles and
    Recommendations from a Cross-Disciplinary Baccalaureate Setting.” Journal of
    Medical Humanities, special issue on “Pre-Health Humanities Education,” vol. 38, no.
    4, 2017, pp. 373-384.
  • Singer, Sarah. “Beyond the Domestic Sphere: Home Economics and the Education
    of Women at Maryland State College, 1916–94.” Young Scholars in Writing:
    Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, vol. 10, 2012, pp. 105-15.

Teaching Awards

  • Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2017)
  • Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching Composition (2016)


  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship (2018)
  • Frankel Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Eliason Summer Research Stipend (2014)