PhD, Communication Arts with emphases in Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture and Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
MA, Communication Arts with emphasis in Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
BA, Communication Studies, University of Puget Sound, 2003
Maegan Parker Brooks, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Civic Communication and Media Department at Willamette University. Willamette recently honored Brooks’ dedication to teaching and service with the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s 2016 Exemplary Teacher Award. Brooks holds a PhD in Communication Arts, with emphases in Rhetoric and Afro-American Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests are inspired by fundamental questions concerning how people in America talk about race: whose voices are silenced? How? Which perspectives are privileged? Why and to what effect? And how do conversations about race engage with the legacy of racism? Brooks explores answers to these questions with students in the Rhetorical Theory and African American Public Discourse courses she regularly teaches.
Brooks' research in pursuit of answers to these driving questions has appeared in the popular press and a variety of academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Southern Journal of Communication, Voices of Democracy, Women’s Studies in Communication, and the Howard Journal of Communications. Brooks has also published two books about Fannie Lou Hamer, The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is, an anthology of Hamer’s speeches, which she co-edited with Davis W. Houck, and a rhetorical biography, A Voice that Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2015 by the American Library Association. Presently, Brooks is working as a lead researcher and curriculum designer for the documentary project, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America. Brooks is also writing a third book entitled Fannie Lou Hamer: America's Freedom Fighting Woman for Rowman & Littlefield's Library of African American Biography Series.
Making Lives Matter (CCM 360)
African American Public Discourse (CCM 242)
Rhetorical Theory (CCM 221)
Senior Seminar (CCM 496)
Remembering Emmett Till (IDS 101-05)
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Brooks, Maegan P. “Countering White Conceit through the Commemoration of Keyes.” Howard Journal of Communications: Special Issue on Commemoration and Social Justice 28.2 (2017): 186-198.
Brooks, Maegan Parker. “The Interruptive Voice: Engaging Race in Public School Deliberations.” Southern Communication Journal 81.4 (2016): 192-205.
Brooks, Maegan P. A Voice that Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
*Named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2015 by the American Library Association
Brooks, Maegan P. “Much to be Proud of but a Long Way to Go: Twenty Years Since DPS Busing.” Front Porch* [Denver] June 2015. *Publication was the recipient of the Colorado Press Association’s “General Excellence” and “Editorial” awards for 2014.
Brooks, Maegan P. "Remembering Dearfield: Black History is Colorado History." Front Porch [Denver] February 2015.
Brooks, Maegan P. "Talking About Race." Front Porch [Denver] December 2014.
Brooks, Maegan P. "Schools that Transform Lives: Lessons from Denver's Integrated Past."* Front Porch [Denver] October 2014. *Article received a record number of online views and shares.
Brooks, Maegan P. and Davis W. Houck, Eds. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011.
Brooks, Maegan P. “Oppositional Ethos: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Vernacular Persona.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 14, 3 (2011): 511-548.
Houck, Davis W. and Maegan P. Brooks. “We're On Our Way.” Voices of Democracy 6 (2011): 21-43.
Parker, Maegan. “Ironic Openings: The Interpretive Challenge of the ‘Black Manifesto.’” Quarterly Journal of Speech 94, 3 (August 2008): 320-342.
Parker, Maegan. “Desiring Citizenship: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Wells/Willard Controversy.” Women’s Studies in Communication 31, 1 (Spring 2008): 56-78.
Internal Grants and Awards
Willamette University Council for Diversity and Social Justice Grant to Support the Pacific Northwest Race, Rhetoric, and Media Conference, January 2018, $500
Willamette University Learning by Creating Grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sponsoring Gwen Carr as Visiting Artist Fall 2017- Spring 2018
Faculty Council Merit Award for Teaching, Research, and Service, Willamette University, 2017
United Methodist Award Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Exemplary Teaching Award, Willamette University, 2016
Willamette University Learning by Creating Grant, Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sponsoring Keith Beauchamp as Visiting Artist to Willamette University, Fall 2016
External Grants and Awards
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Grant for the Production of Fannie Lou Hamer’s America (documentary) and Find Your Voice (curriculum website) February 2018-March 2019: $22,000
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for the Production of Fannie Lou Hamer’s America (documentary) and Find Your Voice (curriculum website) February 2018-March 2019: $272,000
Mississippi Humanities Council, Racial Equity Grant, for the documentary Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, June 2017: $7,500
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Grant for the documentary Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, 2017, $500
Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, Grant for the documentary Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, 2017, $500
Outstanding Academic Title of 2015, A Voice that Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement, recognized by the American Library Association
Wrage-Baskerville Award for Top Contributed Paper in the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association, 2015