Meet the Coordinator

Mina Ivanova

Mina Ivanova

As coordinator at the Center for Writing and Speaking, Mina plans tutor training and oversees the center's operations. Working closely with the tutors, she provides mentorship and guidance related to all aspects of strategic communication and tutoring, such as presentation delivery and argumentation skills, interviewing skills, and pedagogical approaches to meeting the diverse needs of tutees.

Mina received a a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Politics from the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. She teaches public speaking at Agnes Scott. Her current scholarship is situated at the intersection of rhetorical studies, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Her dissertation, “To (A)void: Rhetorical Shifts, Significant Absences, and Absent Signification in the Bush Administration’s Justificatory War Rhetoric,” isolates the largely unconscious rhetorical and ideological means with which war was justified before, during and after, the U.S. 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Originally from Bulgaria, Mina studied English/Comparative Literature and Linguistics at Sofia University. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication from Villanova University, where her theoretical interests shifted towards collective identification, public memory, and the question of rhetorical agency and subjectivity. Her work has appeared in the volume Venomous Speech: Problems with American Political Discourse on the Right and Left (Praeger 2013) and, more recently, in the international Journal of Rhetoric and Communications and in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.