Heather Palmer specializes in Ancient and Modern Rhetorical History and Theory, gender studies, and critical theory. Her most recent work has been published in Pedagogy and Modern Language Studies. She teaches classes on rhetorics of postmodernism, embodiment, queer theory, and propaganda. Currently, she is working on a project about the function of parrhesia, or free speech, in the history of women's rhetorics from the Delphic Oracles to the Second Sophistic. Her other interests include the arts of improvisation as a model for global ethical communication, and has been invited to speak on this topic at several high profile music festivals, most recently the "Big Ears" festival, featuring Phillip Glass.