Paige V. Banaji, PhD

Director of First-Year Writing
Associate Professor of English


  • BA English and Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • MA English, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ph.D. English/Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University

Areas of Interest

Rhetoric and Composition, History and Theory of Rhetoric, Women’s Rhetoric, Feminist Rhetoric, Archival Research, Research Methods, Composition Pedagogy, Writing Program Administration


Dr. Paige V. Banaji is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Teaching primarily in First Year Writing, Dr. Banaji brings to her classrooms a background in composition pedagogy, rhetorical history and theory, and women’s rhetoric. In addition to composition, she also teaches courses on rhetoric and literature.

Dr. Banaji’s research interests include feminist rhetorics, history of rhetoric, composition pedagogy, and writing program administration. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, including the Conference of College Composition and Communication Convention, and the biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Her scholarship has been published in Rhetoric Review and in Rhetoric, History, and Women’s Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak. Dr. Banaji received the Muste Dissertation Prize for her dissertation research on women elocutionists.