University of Southern Indiana

Kristin LaFollette

Kristin LaFollette

Assistant Professor of English
English Department

Robert D. Orr Center - 3007


  • Ph.D. in English, specialization in rhetoric and writing  Bowling Green State University (2019)
  • Graduate Certificate in women's, gender, and sexuality studies  Bowling Green State University (2017)
  • M.A. in English, concentration in creative writing  Indiana University South Bend (2013)
  • B.A. in English, concentration in literature, minor in creative writing  Indiana University South Bend (2011)

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate
    • ENG 100 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
    • ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition I
    • ENG 210 Technical Writing
    • ENG 301 Advanced Composition
    • ENG 302 Creative Writing
    • ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age
    • ENG 412 Writing for the Professions
    • GNDR 111 Introduction to Gender Studies
    • GNDR 112 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • Graduate
    • ENG 617 Professional and Technical Writing

Selected Scholarly Publications

LaFollette, Kristin. “Embodying Composition: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine as Arts-Based, Transgenre Pedagogy.” (under review)

LaFollette, Kristin. “Dada and Surrealism in the Composition Classroom: A Transgenre Approach to Basic Writing Pedagogy.” Journal of Basic Writing, vol. 40, no. 1, 2021, pp. 5-32.

LaFollette, Kristin. "Constellating Arts-Based and Queer Approaches: Transgenre Composing in/as Writing Studies Pedagogy." Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, vol. 5, no. 2, 2021, pp. 72-104.

LaFollette, Kristin. "Classroom Queerness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." Queer Approaches: Emotion, Expression, and Communication in the Classroom, edited by Kristin LaFollette and Nicholas Santavicca, Information Age Publishing, 2020, 105-124. 

LaFollette, Kristin, and Nicholas Santavicca, editors. Queer Approaches: Emotion, Expression, and Communication in the Classroom. Information Age Publishing, 2020. 

LaFollette, Kristin. "'The Opposite of the Skeleton Inside of Me': Women’s Poetry as Feminist Activism." Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018, pp. 178-189.

Selected Creative Publications

LaFollette, Kristin. Hematology. Harbor Editions, 2021.

LaFollette, Kristin. Body Parts. GFT Press, 2018.  

Selected Conference Presentations

Conference on College Composition and Communication (online, April 2021) - "(Digital) Storytelling in/as Pedagogy: Narrative through Artistic Expression, in Technical Writing, and as Feminist Intervention" (with Salma Kalim and Christopher Maggio)

Creative Writing Studies Conference (online, Oct. 2020) – "Intersecting Visual Art and Text: Creative-Critical, Transgenre Approaches and Identities in Writing and Teaching" (with Jonathan Brownlee)

Conference on College Composition and Communication (online, Mar. 2020) – "Hacking as Queering: Creating Safe and Accessible Spaces for Students with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference (James Madison University, Nov. 2019) – "Art-Making as Embodied Activism"

Conference on College Composition and Communication (Pittsburgh, PA, Mar. 2019) – "The Queer Art of Writing: (Re)Imagining Scholarship and Pedagogy Through Transgenre Composing"


Dr. Kristin LaFollette is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Indiana where she teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and gender and sexuality studies and serves as the developmental writing specialist. Her interests include arts-based approaches to research and pedagogy, rhetoric of health and medicine, cultural rhetorics (with a focus on American Indian and Indigenous studies), gender studies, and creative writing. Dr. LaFollette also has an avid interest in medicine and anatomy, and she once worked in a hospital and pursued a degree in pre-medicine to become a medical doctor. Now, as a scholar and writer, much of her work is at the intersection of medicine and the humanities.

In addition to her role as a teacher and scholar, Dr. LaFollette is a poet, artist, and photographer, and these roles frequently intersect with her teaching and research. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Hematology (winner of the 2021 Harbor Editions Laureate Prize) and the chapbook Body Parts (winner of the 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest). She serves as the Art Editor at Mud Season Review and her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork have been featured in Thin Air MagazineCimarron ReviewHarbor ReviewSpectrum Literary JournalPoetry SouthPine Hills ReviewHypertext MagazineEcho: Journal of Creative NonfictionThe CuratorPositWest Trestle ReviewVariety Pack, and others. Dr. LaFollette has received two nominations for Best of the Net and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and her work has been a finalist in the 2019 Driftwood Press Poetry Contest, The Poet’s Billow 2018 Bermuda Triangle Prize, and the 2018 Slippery Elm Multimedia Narrative Contest.

For more information, you can visit her website.

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