Saint Louis University

Assistant Chair, Organizational Studies Program

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Ph.D., Communication Studies
University of Minnesota
M.A. English
Loyola University Chicago
B.A. English and Music
Quincy University


Before joining the SPS faculty, Dr. Williamson worked as a strategic communicator for nearly a decade in organizations that ranged from 20 - 25,000 employees. Her favorite work involved implementing communication strategies that created community, sparked creativity, increased effectiveness, and achieved organizational goals. She has created content for both print and digital media, with an emphasis in writing for and implementing new online tools within organizations. 2006-11: Communications coordinator, University of Minnesota; 2003-06: Managing Editor, Speakeasy magazine, The Loft Literary Center; 2002-03: Editorial and Marketing Associate, Speakeasy magazine, The Loft Literary Center


As a rhetoric scholar, Dr. Williamson is interested in understanding how the symbols and institutions that surround us both create and limit our opportunities for action, and how writing and speech can be used to shift that landscape, effecting conceptual, social, and political change. In particular, her research focuses on tracing the process of conceptual change by understanding audience interpretations of rhetorical texts. Additional research interests include rhetorical theory and criticism, race and U.S. public discourse, and presidential rhetoric.