Annotated Bibliography of Course Readings

Resources for Teaching Civic Engagement in a College Writing Class: A Bibliography in Progress

Compiled by Michelle Albert
Instructor, Program for Writing and Rhetoric

Articles, Essays

Armstrong, Jerome, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. “Consultants Versus Netroots.” In Miroff, Bruce, et al. Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics.

Flynn, Stephen E. “America the Resilient: Defying Terrorism and Mitigating Natural Disasters.” Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations. March/April 2008.

Hauser, Gerard. “What’s a Kid from Athens Doing in the Center of Berlin? Or Paideia Meets Wissenschaft: A Central Dilemma of Contemporary Rhetorical Education”

hooks, bell. “Keeping Education Close to Home.”

Kiesa, Abby et al. “Millenials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement.” CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement). Nov 2007.

Limerick, Patricia. “Dancing With Professors: The Trouble with Academic Prose.”

Loeb, Paul Rogat. “The Active Citizen.” In Miroff, Bruce, et al. Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics.

Miroff, Bruce, et al. “Introduction.” Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics.

Pratt, Mary Louise. “Arts of the Contact Zone.”

O’Connor John S. “Civic Engagement in Higher Education.” Change. September/October 2006.

Raill, Stephanie and Elizabeth Hollander. “How Campuses Can Create Engaged Citizens: The Student View.” Journal of College & Character. Vol VII, No 1. Jan 2006. 1-7.

Thomas, Nancy L. “Educating for Deliberative Democracy: The Role of Public Reason and Reasoning.” Journal of College & Character. Vol IX, No 2. Nov 2007. 1-13.

Vowell, Sarah. “The Partly Cloudy Patriot.” The Partly Cloudy Patriot. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2002.


Borrowman, Shane, Edward White. The Promise of America. New York: Pearson/Longman. 2007.
A textbook with many short readings on issues in American democracy, by a wide variety of authors.

Colby, Anne, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, Josh Corngold. Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. San Franciso: Josey-Bass. 2007.

Kezar, Adrianna, Tony Chambers, John Burkhardt. Higher Education for the Public Good. San Franciso: Josey-Bass. 2005.
An anthology of scholarly (but accessible) articles on the “role higher education plays in serving the public good” that mostly argue, from different perspectives, that such education is “essential to a healthy deliberative democracy” (xiii).

Lazare, Donald. Reading and Writing for Civic Literacy: The Critical Citizen’s Guide to Argumentative Rhetoric. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers. 2005.

Loeb, Paul Rogat. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time.. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin. 1999.

Loeb, Paul Rogat, ed. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear.. New York: Perseus Books. 2004.
An anthology of essays (many of them personal) on various acts of civic engagement.

Miroff, Bruce, Raymond Seidelman, Todd Swanstrom. Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 2009.
A reader with an excellent selection of short, contemporary (mostly) readings on American politics and civics. Great resource.

Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. New York: Three Rivers Press. 2004.

Sherrod, Lonnie R., ed. Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood Press.
An encyclopedia with well-informed entries on topics relating to democracy, civic engagement, activism, politics.

Misc Other Resources

Other resources on the CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) website:

Various other readings from the journals Politics and Political Science and the Journal of College and Character

Various This I Believe essays.

At least one selection (streaming video) from the TED conference Majora Carter on “Greening the Ghetto”

Also, other relevant TED talks (