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

  • ENG 100 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self
  • ENG 210 Technical Writing
  • ENG 301 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age
  • GNDR 111 Introduction to Gender Studies

Selected Scholarly Publications

LaFollette, Kristin. "Embodying Composition: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine as Arts-Based, Transgenre Pedagogy." Rhetoric of Health & Medicine. (forthcoming)

LaFollette, Kristin. "Constellating Arts-Based and Queer Approaches: Transgenre Composing in/as Writing Studies Pedagogy." The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics. (forthcoming Spring 2021)

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 Conference Presentations

Creative Writing Studies Conference (Ohio Northern University, 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 (Milwaukee, 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, Mar. 2019) – "The Queer Art of Writing: (Re)Imagining Scholarship and Pedagogy Through Transgenre Composing"

Cultural Rhetorics Conference (Michigan State, Nov. 2018) – "Trauma and Rhetorical Bodies: Blog Interfaces, Social Media Outlets, and (Accidental) Support Groups for Medical Discourse Communities"


Dr. Kristin LaFollette is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Indiana where she teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and gender studies and serves as the developmental writing specialist. Her interests include arts-based approaches to research and pedagogy, cultural rhetorics (with a focus on the rhetoric of health and medicine and American Indian and Indigenous studies), women's and 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 chapbook Body Parts (GFT Press, 2018) and serves as the Art Editor at Mud Season Review. Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and artwork have been featured in Rise Up Review, Cimarron ReviewHarbor ReviewPoetry South, Pine Hills Review, Hypertext Magazine, Echo: Journal of Creative Nonfiction, The Curator, Driftwood Press, Wordgathering, Posit, and others. Dr. LaFollette has been nominated for Best of the Net, 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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