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Patricia L. Bizzell


English Department
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


Distinguished Professor of Humanities Emerita
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Fields: Expository Writing; Theory and Practice of Rhetoric; American Literature to 1900; American Women's Literature, Jewish Literature

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Office Phone: 508-793-2524
Office: Fenwick 210
PO Box: 188A
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
and by appointment  


I am Distinguished Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, where I have taught since 1978. Here I founded and directed the Writer's Workshop (a peer tutoring facility), and a writing-across-the-curriculum program. I have also directed the College Honors and English Honors programs, chaired the English Department, and served as Speaker of the Faculty. I teach first-year academic writing (composition), rhetoric and public speaking, nineteenth-century American literature, women's literature, and Jewish literature.

My current research interests include linking religion and rhetoric in various ways. I am interested in women’s rhetoric, particularly in nineteenth-century America, and co-directed a workshop for the 2009 RSA Institute: "Women, Religion and Social Action, 1820-1940." Also, I  am interested In Jewish rhetoric; see my essays on Nachmanides, listed on my c.v. I received a Masters in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College in June 2013. I am also interested in translingual rhetoric pedagogies and in global English as a phenomenon. I taught English at Sogang University in South Korea in 2011.

I live in Worcester, Massachusetts with my husband David Suhl. Please see my c.v. for a complete list of my publications, conference presentations, and awards.   I will retire from full-time teaching at Holy Cross after the spring 2019 semester, but can still be reached via my Holy Cross email address.