Shirley Wilson Logan is professor and associate chair in the Department of English
at the University of Maryland, where she teaches writing, composition theory, the
history of rhetoric, and nineteenth-century African American rhetoric.
Logan’s most recent publication, Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America, examines contexts in which African Americans developed their rhetorical abilities
across the nineteenth century. Other publications include With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women and We Are Coming: The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women. Together with with Cheryl Glenn, she co-edits the Southern Illinois University Press
Series, Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms. Past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Logan
serves on the editorial board of The Voices of Democracy: The US Oratory Project and sustains a career-long interest in public discourse. She is currently working
on a biography of Frances Watkins Harper.