Cara Minardi

Dr. Cara Minardi

Associate Professor of English

  • Office RL-3101B
  • Office Phone
  • Cell Phone 678.471.3829
  • Email Address
Download vCard


Dr. Cara Minardi earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Georgia State University in 2011. Her pedagogy is critical and liberatory following the work of Mike Rose and bell hooks and Susan Jarratt, among others. She hopes to inspire students to take ownership of their learning through the use of personal reflection and in collaboration with others for the enrichment of themslves and the communities to which they belong.

Interested in the history of rhetoric, women's studies and feminist theory, her scholarly work is concerned with the pedagogical and rhetorical activities of ancient women. Her feminist historiography of Hypatia of Alexandria (350-415) reveals that women taught and engaged in rhetorical activities in a variety of contexts in the ancient Mediterranean beginning as early as 6 BCE.

She has published articles in Peitho, the newsletter for the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, in Thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture and in Composition Studies.

When she is not teaching, meeting with students, reading or writing, she spends time with her friends, family and cats.


  • Doctorate – English, rhetoric and composition – Georgia State University
  • Certificate – women's studies – Georgia State University
  • Master's – English literature – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Bachelor's – English literature – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Academic Interests

  • History of rhetoric, revisionary histories of rhetoric
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Composition studies
  • Women's studies
  • Feminist theory