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Kendall Gerdes

Assistant Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation, Sensitive Rhetorics, takes an explicitly feminist approach to post-human rhetorical theory, tracing the ways that gender marks and even constitutes the rhetorical structure of address. At UT Austin, I served as Assistant Director in the Digital Writing and Research Lab for two years (2013-2015). I earned a Digital Writing and Research Certificate in 2015. From 2012-2013, I served on the Rhetoric Society of America Governing Board. I have presented conference papers at CCCC, NCA, and RSA. My writing is published in Philosophy & Rhetoric, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Kairos, QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking, The E3W Review of Books, and Interstitial.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…



  • Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award

    2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication

  • Best Webtext Award for "Crossing Battle Lines"

    2014 Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

  • Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching

    2014 Department of Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas at Austin



  • A Rhetoric of (Queer) Style

    3/2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication

  • Fluid Masculinity: The Rhetoric of Sweat

    10/2014 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

  • Radical Passivity: Rhetoric and (Queer) Femininity

    5/2014 Rhetoric Society of America


My teaching capabilities include…

  • Composition theory
  • Digital rhetoric
  • Feminist rhetoric
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Queer rhetoric
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Style