Katrina M. Powell

Katrina M. Powell, Professor, Director, Center for Rhetoric in Society and Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing

Katrina M. Powell, Professor, Director, Center for Rhetoric in Society and Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing
Katrina M. Powell, Professor, Director, Center for Rhetoric in Society and Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing

Department of English
340C Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7759 | kmpowell@vt.edu

Katrina M. Powell is a Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Center of Rhetoric in Society and Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing.

  • Displacement Narratives
  • Human Rights Rhetorics
  • Identity and Self-representation
  • Performative Autobiography
  • Ph.D. University of Louisville
  • M.A. George Mason University
  • B.A. Mary Washington College
  • Director, Center for Rhetoric in Society 2016-present
  • Co-Founder, VT Stories
  • Director, Women’s and Gender Studies 2010-2016
  • Voice of Witness Story Lab
    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Research Award, 2016
  • Diggs Teaching Scholar Award, 2015
  • Excellence in Outreach Award, 2012
  • Sturm Award in Research Excellence, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005-2006

Books

Identity and Power in Narratives of Displacement, Routledge, 2015

The Anguish of Displacement: The Politics of Literacy in the Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park, University of Virginia Press, 2007

Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflexive and Ethically Responsible Research, Hampton Inc Press, 2012

Journal Articles

  • Powell, Katrina M., *Jenny Dick-Mosher, Anisa Zvonkovic, and Pamela Teaster. “Displacing Marginalized Bodies: How Human Rights Discourses Function in the Law and in Communities.” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 28.2 (Online 19 Aug 2015).
  • Powell, Katrina M. “Converging Crises: Rhetorical Constructions of Eugenics and the Public Child.” JAC: Journal of Rhetoric, Culture & Politics 33.3 (2013): 455-485.
  • Powell, Katrina M. “Rhetorics of Displacement: Constructions of Identity in Forced Relocations.” College English 74.4 (March 2012): 297-322.
  • Powell, Katrina M. “Representing Human Rights Violations in Multi-Media Contexts.” In ‘We Shall Bear Witness’: Critical Conversations in Life Writing, Testimony and Human Rights. Ed. Meg Jensen and Margaretta Jolly. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 196-213.

Film

Powell, Katrina M., Assistant Producer. “Rothstein’s First Assignment.” Directed by Richard Knox Robinson, Ekphratic Productions LLC, 2010

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • South Atlantic Humanities Fellowship 2008-2009

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