Kathleen F. McConnell
Professor of Rhetorical Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Review of Communication
My scholarship combines rhetorical criticism with critical university studies. I write about academic life, professionalism, academic labor conditions, histories of higher education, and media representations of the college experience. My forthcoming monograph from Lexington Books, Advocating Heightened Education: Seeing and Inventing Academic Possibilities, details a model of educational advocacy drawn from the histories of two unusual college campuses.
My current research explores educational spaces in which workers in the gig, creative, and sharing economies interact with precarious academic laborers. A second project looks at the founding of the first feminist art program at Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno).
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Public Culture, Indiana University
M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
B.A., The Evergreen State College
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- "Teaching and Learning in an Age of Precarity: Toward a Pedagogy of the Transitory" (Communication Education, 2019)
- "Fear of Etiolation in the Age of Professional Passion" (Text & Performance Quarterly, 2018).
- "Labored Speech: Reconsidering How Communication Studies Works" (The Review of Communication, 2018).