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
    • ENG 646 Composition Theory and Pedagogy

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. 

Selected Creative Publications

  • LaFollette, Kristin. Hematology. Harbor Editions, 2021.
  • LaFollette, Kristin. Body Parts. GFT Press, 2018.  


Dr. Kristin LaFollette is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Indiana where she teaches courses on rhetoric, writing, and gender/sexuality studies and serves as the developmental writing specialist. Her interests include arts-based approaches to research and pedagogy, rhetoric of health and medicine, gender/sexuality studies, and creative writing.

Dr. LaFollette also has an avid interest in anatomy and medicine, 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. Along with physicians and scholars from institutions like Harvard and Cornell, she serves on the advisory board of The Blood Project (TBP), an educational platform that works toward bridging the gap between evidence-based medicine and patient care. She has also contributed several poems about the body, blood, and medicine to TBP’s website. 

In addition to her role as a teacher and scholar, Dr. LaFollette is a writer, 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 appeared in The Maynard, Rogue Agent, Cimarron Review, Poetry South, Common Ground Review, Pine Hills Review, Hypertext Magazine, Kaleidoscope, The Curator, Ligeia Magazine, Posit, West Trestle Review, and others. Dr. LaFollette has been nominated twice for the Best of the Net Anthology, has received 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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