Carnegie Mellon University

Stephanie Larson

Stephanie Larson

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

  • Baker Hall 245A


My research interests include feminist rhetorical theory and criticism, affect theory, disability studies, public sphere theory, and the rhetoric of health and medicine. My work largely focuses on the circulation of cultural, medical, 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 current book project titled Visceral Rhetorics: Rape Culture and the Politics of Women’s Bodies, which investigates contemporary rhetorics of rape culture by tracing the affective presence of women’s bodies in institutional, legal, cultural, and medical discourses. In addition to this project, my work extends my interests in the body, disability, and gender to investigate public understandings of mental illness, eating disorders, and PTSD. At CMU, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in professional and technical writing and rhetoric on topics such as style, feminist rhetorics, disability studies, and the rhetoric of the body.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., University of Illinois


“‘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.


“Refugee Literacy Learning and Liminal Belonging: A Neoliberal Context of Diversity.” In Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action. Ed. Mary P. Sheridan, Megan Bardolph, Megan Faver Hartline, and Drew Holladay. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018): 239-250. 

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