Catherine A. Collins

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Collins is an expert in speech communication who has written extensively on the speeches and rhetoric of U.S. presidents. Her most current research includes campaign biofilms, science as news, and the representation of Chinese women in Chinese films. Her interests in Classical Studies include the great Greek and Roman orators, like Cicero and Demosthenes, and ancient rhetorical treatises. Together with Professor Jeanne Clark, she leads the Willamette in Greece postsession. A member of the Willamette Faculty since 1981, Professor Collins won the United Methodist Award for Teaching and Service in 2000.


  • B.F.A., Pacific Lutheran University
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota