Patricia Bizzell

Department of English
College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

508-793-2524 (office)



I am Distinguished Professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross, where I have taught since 1978. Here I founded and directed the Writer's Workshop (a peer tutoring facility), and a writing-across-the-curriculum program. I have also directed the College Honors and English Honors programs, chaired the English Department, and served as Speaker of the Faculty. I teach first-year academic writing (composition), rhetoric and public speaking, nineteenth-century American literature, women's literature, and Jewish literature.

My current research interests include linking religion and rhetoric in various ways. I am interested in women’s rhetoric, particularly in nineteenth-century America, and co-directed a workshop for the 2009 RSA Institute: "Women, Religion and Social Action, 1820-1940." Also, I  am interested In Jewish rhetoric; see my essays on Nachmanides, listed on my c.v. I received a Masters in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College in June 2013. I am also interested in translingual rhetoric pedagogies and in global English as a phenomenon. I taught English at Sogang University in South Korean in 2011.

I live in Worcester, Massachusetts with my husband David Suhl. Please see my c.v. for a complete list of my publications, conference presentations, and awards.