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 received a BA in English (with a concentration in literature and 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 English (with a specialization in rhetoric and writing) and a graduate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Bowling Green State University.
Dr. LaFollette co-edited Queer Approaches: Emotion, Expression, and Communication in the Classroom (Information Age Publishing, 2020); the book explores diversity and inclusion initiatives for marginalized students and faculty in institutions of higher learning. Her chapter in Queer Approaches uses queer theory to re-imagine classrooms so that they are more conducive learning spaces for students with post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. LaFollette has other scholarly work in or forthcoming from Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, and Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal.
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 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 Review, Harbor Review, Poetry 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.
Dr. LaFollette lives in southern Indiana with her partner and their greyhound. In her free time, she enjoys searching for, collecting, and restoring antiques, traveling, and playing tennis. She likes iced tea, movies, 90s music, Harry Potter, 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 writer, much of her work is at the intersection of medicine and the humanities.