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Melanie Haas

Melanie Haas

Melanie Haas

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Teaching Professor


Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
206 HB Crouse Hall
Office: 315.443.9315


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University in 2021
  • M.A. in 2012
  • B.A. in 2008
Biographic Overview

Haas comes to Syracuse University from Southeast Arkansas College where she was first English faculty, then the department chair for Arts and Sciences, and then interim dean of General Studies. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Haas worked as adjunct English faculty at several institutions in Texas, including Tarleton State University, Texas Woman’s University, and Weatherford College.

Research Interests

Her research interests focus on rhetorics of power structures, diversity and inclusion, and intersectionality, and is currently working on a project examining the impacts of the 13th Amendment on incarcerated individuals, particularly incarcerated Black males. She is also interested in popular culture rhetoric and was lead editor and contributor for Antiheroines of Contemporary Media: Saints, Sinners, and Survivors, published in late 2020.

Honors and Awards

Haas has received several teaching awards, including the NISOD Excellence Award, the Arkansas Community Colleges Outstanding Faculty award, as well as departmental awards from Texas Woman’s University. She has chaired several committees at Southeast Arkansas College, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee which was charged with developing the first DEI department on campus, and was the head of the Achieving the Dream initiative for the institution.