Karen Kopelson

Associate Professor & University Distinguished Teaching Professor


Karen Kopelson joined the faculty in 2002 after earning her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, with secondary areas of specialization in theory and cultural studies, from Purdue University. She has published articles in such journals as College English, College Composition and Communication, JAC, Postmodern Culture, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and WPA and is the recipient of both the Braddock Award (best essay in CCC, 2004) and the Kinneavy Award (best essay in JAC, 2005). With her colleague, Bruce Horner, she is co-editor of Reworking English in Rhetoric and Composition: Global/Local Interrogations and Interventions (SIUP, 2014).

Her current research and teaching interests are in rhetoric of health and medicine, cultural studies of illness, disability studies, rhetoric and writing studies, and queer theory. She is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the winner of the James L. Kinneavy Award (2005) and the Richard Braddock Award (2004).