Belinda joined the department in fall 2011 to teach and research in the general areas of rhetorical criticism, public address, and women's rights rhetoric. She currently serves as the department's Graduate Coordinator. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and a Women's Studies Certificate from the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests are grounded in the public address tradition and are guided by questions regarding gender, transnationalism, and citizenship. These interests are reflected in her current book project, How to Belong: Women's Agency in a Transnational World (2018, Pennsylvania State University Press), which centers on how women conceptualize belonging in the contexts of regional movements, the nation-state, and supranational organizations. She is also the author of Militant Citizenship: Rhetorical Strategies of the National Woman's Party, 1913-1920. The book is the winner of the 2012 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, presented by the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association. It also received an Honorable Mention designation for the 2012 Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award given by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Belinda's research has also appeared in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Quarterly, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and elsewhere. In 2013, she delivered a TEDx talk, "Change the Language, Change the Beliefs," at UGA's first TEDxUGA event. Last, her strategies for teaching militant rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement have been featured in Chalk Talk, sponsored by UGA's Teaching Academy Fellows program.
Look for Belinda A. Stillion Southard's article in the Quarterly Journal of Speech entitled: "Crafting Cosmopolitan Nationalism: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Rhetorical Leadership."