Carnegie Mellon University

Stephanie Larson (she/her/hers)

Stephanie Larson (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

  • Baker Hall 245P

Area of Study

Gender Studies, Professional Writing, Rhetoric


My research interests include feminist rhetorical theory and criticism, body politics, feminist disability studies, public sphere theory, and rhetorics of health and medicine. My work largely focuses on the circulation of cultural, institutional, and legal meaning about women’s bodies in the public sphere, with an emphasis on the social and political dimensions of trauma and violence. These interests take shape in my first book, What It Feels Like: Visceral Rhetoric and the Politics of Rape Culture (PSUP, 2021), which investigates contemporary rhetorics of rape culture by tracing the affective presence of women’s bodies in institutional, legal, cultural, and medical discourses. My second book project tentatively titled, "Lessons from a Rape Culture: Sexual Violence, Precarity, and Higher Education," extends these interests to understand the labor of sexual violence in the academy. My work also takes up additional interests in the body and gender to investigate public understandings of mental illness and eating disorders. At CMU, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in professional writing and rhetoric on topics such as style, feminist rhetorics, disability studies, research methods, and rhetorics of the body.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., University of Illinois


What It Feels Like: Visceral Rhetoric and the Politics of Rape Culture

‘Just let this sink in’: Feminist Megethos and the Role of Lists in #MeToo.” Rhetoric Review 38.4 (2019): 432-444. 

“‘Everything inside me was silenced’: (Re)defining Rape through Visceral Counterpublicity.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 104.2 (2018): 123-144. 

“Survivors, Liars, and Unfit Minds: Rhetorical Impossibility and Rape Trauma Disclosure.”  Hypatia 33.4 (2018): 681-699.

Curriculum Vitae