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Catherine Collins

Professor Emerita of Rhetoric

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


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 has been organizing the Willamette in Greece postsession for the last nine years. 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

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Collins, Catherine. “Sparking the Arab Spring: A Pentadic Framing Analysis of Bouazizi’s Self-Immolation by Media and Citizen Journalists.” Global Media Journal Arabian Edition Volume 4.Numbers 1-2 (2015): 3-18.

Collins, Catherine, and AnnaMaria Mencarelli. “Gaining Agency in Response to Trauma: The Role of Physical and Virtual Memorials.” Trauma and Meaning Making. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2016.

Collins, Catherine, “Living with Someone Both Here and Gone: Trauma and Dementia” in Where to from Here: Examining Conflict-Related and Relational Interaction Trauma, Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press (2016): 29-44.

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Willamette University
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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.