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Katrina M. Powell

Katrina M. Powell

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

Office

340C Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540.231.7759

Email

Department Membership

English

Expertise

  • Displacement Narratives
  • Human Rights Rhetorics
  • Identity and Self-representation
  • Performative Autobiography

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Rhetoric in Society 2016-present
  • Director, Women’s and Gender Studies 2010-2016

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Louisville
  • M.A. George Mason University
  • B.A. Mary Washington College

Awards and Honors

  • 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

Selected Publications

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

Edited Books

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

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.

Sponsored Research

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005-2006

South Atlantic Humanities Fellowship 2008-2009

Film

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