Carnegie Mellon University

Julie Kidder

Julie Kidder

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

PhD in Rhetoric


I am interested in legal rhetoric, hermeneutics, critical race theory, feminist rhetorical theory, and narrative theory. My research examines race, gender, and law in intersectional, liminal identities of multiracial individuals. I study how the law affects those working within its disciplinary bounds as subjects and objects of the law, as well as how the law infiltrates discourses outside the confines of the legal system per se. Broadly, I am concerned with how law and the Rule of Law function as rhetorical narrative and how the authority and legitimacy of institutions are built and maintained through racialized, gendered legal discourse.


  • Undergraduate: B.A. in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Graduate: J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center