My name is Margaret Franz and I’m a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. I am also the journal manager for Surveillance and Society.


Located at the intersection of rhetorical theory, critical legal studies, and critical race theory, my work examines the discursive struggles over political representation resulting from modern liberal democracy.  My current project investigates how official methods of interpretation and argument construction co-evolve with social movements in driving changes in US citizenship law from Reconstruction to the War on Terror.

These research projects are all informed by teaching classes that foreground both the study and performance of active engagement in the civic sphere. I have taught classes at UNC, in North Carolina prisons, and at Georgia State University on media history and criticism, rhetoric and public issues, public speaking, and argumentation and debate. All of these classes use assignments and class activities, ranging from micro-blogging for ‘spreadability,’ to public debate, to putting together and analyzing historical case studies, that encourage students to embody the role of the advocate in actively shaping public discourse both online and on the ground.

When I’m not researching or teaching, I enjoy doing yoga and running as well as watching every movie that moviepass will allow.