Carnegie Mellon University

Julie Kidder

Julie Kidder

Ph.D. Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Area of Study

PhD in Rhetoric


I draw on a range of interdisciplinary scholarship including feminist rhetorical theory and criticism, legal rhetorics, narrative theory, and hermeneutics to study constructions of multiracial identity. My dissertation project seeks to understand how the specific phenomena of multiracial individuals bring together ontological questions of racial purity and bodily borders with legal processes of mis/recognition based on gender, class, and race. Broadly, I am committed to epistemological skepticism in examining how the Law functions as rhetorical narrative to authorize and legitimize nation-state institutional power through racialized, gendered legal discourse. I currently teach introductory writing on Critical  Race Theory and writing about public problems. 


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


Book Review: Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant.” Present Tense, vol. 9, no. 3, 2023.