Sandra J. Sarkela
A.B. 1972 Augustana College
M.A. 1975 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ph.D. 1982 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
My teaching and research interests are centered on the history and criticism of Anglo-American
public address, particularly 18th-century theory and practice, and public address
of American women. I am currently finishing a book on the political rhetoric of John
Dickinson (1732-1808) and, in conjunction with that project, am a contributing editor
on the Dickinson Writings Project, co-directed by Dr. Jane Calvert and Dr. Mark Lauersdorf at the University of Kentucky.
Voices of American Women
Seminar in History of Rhetoric: 18th-19th-century British and American Rhetoric
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Graduate Mentor, Tennessee Communication Association, 2010
NEH “We the People” Summer Stipend, 2010
President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY Potsdam, 2004
Eastern Communication Association Committee of Scholars, 2004-2005
Sandra J. Sarkela. “Mercy Otis Warren’s Contribution to the Rhetorical Tradition,”
in Golden, Berquist, Coleman and Sproule, The Rhetoric of Western Thought, 10th ed. (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011): 232-235
Sandra J. Sarkela, “Freedom’s Call: The Persuasive Power of Mercy Otis Warren’s Dramatic
Sketches, 1772-1775,” Early American Literature, 44:3 (2009): 541-568.
Sandra J. Sarkela and Patrick Mazzeo. “Rev. James Robinson and American Support for
African Democracy and Nation-Building, 1950’s-1970’s,” in Freedom’s Distant Shores: American Protestantism and Political Rights in Africa, R. Drew Smith, ed. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006: 37-51, 236-238.
Sandra J. Sarkela, “Lucia Cormier vs. Margaret Chase Smith: Debate for the Maine Senate
Seat, November 5, 1960,” Contemporary Argumentation and Debate 26 (2005): 51-62.
Sandra J. Sarkela, Susan Mallon Ross, and Margaret A. Lowe. From Megaphones to Microphones: Speeches of American Women, 1920-1960 (Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 2003).
Sandra J. Sarkela, "Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Scottish Sermons against American
Independence, 1776-1779," Scottish Rhetoric and Its Influence, Gaillet, ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers, 1998.
Sandra J. Sarkela. "Moderation, Religion and Public Discourse: The Rhetoric of Occasional
Conformity in England, 1697-1711," Rhetorica 15 (1997): 53-80.
Sandra J. Sarkela. "Margaret Chase Smith," Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, ed. Greenwood Press, 1994.
Sandra Sarkela Hynes. "John Dickinson, Philadelphia Politician," American Orators before 1900: Critical Studies and Sources. Duffy and Ryan, eds. Greenwood Press, 1987.
NCA Doctoral Education Committee, 2009-2011
NCA Educational Policies Board, 2004-2007