Faculty & Staff

Dr. Carol Winkelmann

Dr. Carol Winkelmann

Professor, English Department

Professor, English Graduate Program

ML 4446
207 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-2042

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • Ph.D. (University of Michigan)

First Year at Xavier University:



Linguistics, Women and Sacred Texts, Religion and Violence, 16th and 17th Century Women’s Language.


Carol Winkelmann earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of North Dakota and her Ph.D. at The University of Michigan. At Xavier University, she teaches anthropological linguistics and a variety of language studies courses, including Women and Sacred Language and Political Language. Her English 205 literature course concerns violence by and against women. Dr. Winkelmann’s courses are cross-listed with Gender and Minorities Studies and Peace Studies. In her classes, students are often invited to engage in action research, academic service learning, and qualitative research. Field sites have included a shelter for battered women, a daycare center for teen-age mothers, a women’s community health center, a home for the elderly, churches, workplaces, classrooms and hospitals. During Asian academic service learning semesters, her students have volunteered in a variety of sites, including shelters for sex trade workers, the elderly, women and children with AIDS.

Dr. Winkelmann’s publications include The Language of Battered Women: A Rhetorical Analysis of Personal Theologies (SUNY Press, 2004) and Survivor Rhetoric: Negotiations and Narrativity in Abused Women’s Language (U of Toronto Press, 2004). She received the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender for The Language of Battered Women. For the past several years, Dr. Winkelmann’s research has taken her to northern India. She is studying the language practices of Tibetan nuns living and studying in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.

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