Kristan A. Poirot

Executive Associate Head
Department of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Kristan Poirot, assistant professor, Department of Communication and the Women’s Gender Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts, studies the rhetoric from and about social movements rooted in race and gender. Her 2014 book, A Question of Sex, stands at the intersection of feminist rhetorical history and contemporary feminist theory and demonstrates that contemporary theories about sex, gender, identity, and difference compel a rethinking of how we understand feminist movements and their public discourse and protests. Her Arts & Humanities Fellowship project, Gendered Landscapes of Memory: Rhetoric, Place, and Black Freedom, will build on work in tourism studies, cultural geography, rhetoric, history, and gender studies with the goal of better understanding the concepts that inform the public’s collective memory as “gendered landscapes.”