Susan Trollinger

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Susan Trollinger


  • Full-Time Faculty


Susan Trollinger earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin (Communication Arts) and her MA and PhD (Rhetoric and Communication) from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to teaching the first-year course in the interdisciplinary Core program, she also teaches courses in visual rhetoric and composition. She has published in the areas of classical rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, visual rhetoric and American Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Her book, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) offers an analysis of the visual rhetoric of tourism in Amish Country in Ohio. Her most recent book, Righting America at the Creation Museum (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which she co-authored with her husband, William Vance Trollinger, Jr (Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Dayton), takes a close and critical look at the arguments and appeals of the 70,000 square foot Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. 

Faculty Perspective

I love being on the faculty of the University of Dayton. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the students here. They are earnest, hard working, and kind. They want to learn, and they have strong sense of community among themselves and with faculty. It is a privilege every day to work with the students here at UD. I also love my colleagues at UD. They inspire me every day to be a better teacher and scholar. And I am grateful  to the University of Dayton for its support of my research. UD is a place that truly values the research that faculty do, and it works hard both to make that research possible and to recognize it.


  • PhD University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and Communication
  • MA University of Pittsburgh in Rhetoric and Communication
  • BA University of Wisconsin Major: Communication Arts

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Modern Language Association

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of Protestant Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism
  • Rhetoric of Young Earth Creationism
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric of Amish Country Tourism
  • Classical Rhetoric
  • Feminist Rhetoric

Selected Publications

Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Righting America at the Creation Museum, co-authored with William Vance Trollinger Jr., Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming.

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