Carnegie Mellon University

Sarah Idzik

Sarah Hae-In Idzik

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

  • Posner Hall 231 C


Sarah Idzik returns to CMU English after receiving her PhD in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern University. Her work, which is situated at the intersection of rhetoric, Asian American/ethnic studies, and critical adoption studies, centers on rhetorics of race and racialization, particularly of Asian American and Asian diasporic communities in the U.S. Her dissertation analyzed rhetorics of transnational adoption from Asia to the U.S. from the 1950s to the present, tracing recurring themes of charity, rescue, and paternalism that have contributed to the marginalization of Asian American adoptees. She teaches courses on race/racialization and rhetoric, Asian American/ethnic studies, and adoption studies, among other topics.


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • MA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA, The University of Chicago


Critical rhetorics of race, Asian American studies, ethnic studies, and critical adoption studies.


  • 2022. “‘Less Abortion, More Adoption’: A Brief Discursive History of Adoption as Solution.” Adoption & Culture 10(2): 284-290. DOI: 10.1353/ado.2022.0031.
  • 2022. “‘Nothing More Divisive than Politics’: Colorblindness and Anti-Blackness in NFL Protest Discourse.” Southern Communication Journal 88(2): 91-102. DOI: 10.1080/1041794X.2022.2131895.
  • 2020. “Precarious Rhetorics.” Rhetoric Review 39(2): 246-248.
  • 2018. “Kinship, Counterpublics, and Transnational Korean Adoptees.” Res Rhetorica 5(4): 45-48.