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Susan L Trollinger

Professor of English, University of Dayton

Professor Trollinger has published two books on religious rhetoric in the United States. The first, _Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia_ published in 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press, explores the visual rhetoric of Amish country tourism in the largest settlement of the Amish in the world. It seeks to understand what Amish Country tourism offers to its visitors and why they find it so captivating. Her second book, _Righting America at the Creation Museum_ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) was co-authored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (professor of history and religious studies) and provides a close and critical analysis of the arguments (linguistic and visual) made at the Creation Museum for a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11, according to which the universe was created in its present form less than 10,000 years ago. Professor Trollinger also writes on the visual rhetoric of the women's suffrage movement in the 19th and 20th centuries in the US (how women put their bodies on the line on behalf of women's suffrage). Finally, she gives talks around the state of Ohio on behalf of the Ohio Humanities Council on the Amish and women's suffrage as well as edits and writes for (with Willian Vance Trollinger Jr) an online blog ( on evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and young earth creationism in the US.


  • –present
    Professor of English, University of Dayton


  • 1995 
    University of Pittsburgh, PhD/Rhetoric and Communication


Award for Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton 2017