Dr. Gerald is an associate professor of English at Winthrop. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, as well as a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Dr. Gerald teaches courses in composition theory and pedagogy, rhetorical theory and history, women's and gender studies, as well as first-year writing and teacher education courses. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the concept of voice, writing, and feminist theory, and her work has been published in journals such as Composition Studies, Journal of Advanced Composition, Writing Lab Newsletter, and Feminist Teacher as well as a chapter in The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy. Her most recent work focuses on the lives and work of Sarah and Angelina Grimké, abolitionists and women's rights activists from South Carolina.
Since joining the Winthrop community in 2006, Gerald has served as director of the Winthrop Writing Project, coordinator of the English Education program, chair of the University Writing Intensive Committee, and faculty sponsor for Winthrop’s student affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English.