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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Leslie Similly, Ph.D., is a professor of English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington after receiving her B.A and M.A. from UCO. Her most recent article "Bootylicious Yellow Bone: Beyoncé’s Physicality as a Site of Racialized, Socio-political Angst Concerning Beauty, Class, and Essentialized Blackness," is published in the Journal of Popular Culture.

She considers herself a popular culture rhetorician, and her primary research interests include African American Rhetoric, the rhetoric of Race and Identity, rhetoric of Hip-Hop, Antiracist Pedagogy, and applications of Classical and Modern Rhetoric to Popular Culture.

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderford Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient 2021
  • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient 2020


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