Dr. Kristin LaFollette is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Developmental Writing at the University of Southern Indiana. Her research interests include arts-based approaches to research and pedagogy, cultural rhetorics (with a focus on medical rhetorics and American Indian and Indigenous studies), queer and feminist theories, and creative writing.
Dr. LaFollette received a BA in English literature with a minor in creative writing and an MA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Indiana University (South Bend). She received a PhD in rhetoric and writing and a graduate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Bowling Green State University.
In addition to her role as a teacher and scholar, Dr. LaFollette is a poet, an artist, and a 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 on the editorial board at Mud Season Review as the Art Editor. You can visit her on her on her photography website, on Twitter, or you can visit her faculty profile on the USI website.
Dr. LaFollette lives in southern Indiana with her husband and their greyhound. In her free time, she enjoys searching for, collecting, and restoring antiques, traveling, reading poetry and short story collections, and shooting photography. Some of her favorite things include iced tea, 90s music, movies, and work by Stephen King, J.D. Salinger, and Sylvia Plath. Dr. LaFollette 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 creative writer, much of her work is at the intersection of medicine and the humanities.