Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Director of the Major and Minor
Education Research Interests
Digital Rhetorics, Rhetorical Theory, Automation, Authorship, Intellectual Property Theory, Technical and Professional Communication.
Krista Kennedy is Director of the Writing Major and Minor and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric. She is the author of Textual Curation: Authorship, Agency, and Technology in Wikipedia and the Chambers’ Cyclopædia (University of South Carolina Press, 2016.) Other recent work has appeared in College English and Computers and Composition as well as edited collections from Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, and Honoré Champion.
Kennedy’s research focuses on the ways that humans work with and alongside technologies to produce communication. Recent case studies include early printing processes, robots that write, and wearables. Textual Curation examines the compositional work performed by writers working within strict genre conventions that do not place a premium on originality, and the ways that this work is shaped by discourse, communities, and technologies. In the process, she explores long-held notions of authorial agency and autonomy, establishing the continuity of new writing projects such as wikis with longstanding authorial practices that she calls textual curation.
In her spare time, she pursues photography in the social documentary tradition. Her photographic work has appeared in diverse venues ranging from The London Evening Standard to Log Home Living to the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris.
Current and Future Courses
CCR 633: Rhetoric, Writing, and Technologies
CCR 747: Authorship Studies
CCR 751: Studies in Social History of Rhetoric
WRT 302: Digital Writing
WRT 426: Rhetoric and Robots
WRT 427: Emerging Technologies in Professional & Technical Writing
WRT 437: Information Design
Kennedy, Krista. Textual Curation: Authorial Agency in Wikipedia and the Chambers’
Cyclopædia. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press. 2016.
Howard, Rebecca Moore and Krista Kennedy. Special Issue on Western Cultures of Intellectual Property. College English 75.5 (May 2013).
Articles and Chapters
Kennedy, Krista. “Textual Curation.” Computers and Composition 40 (June 2016). 175-189.
Kennedy, Krista, and Seth Long. “The Trees Within the Forest: Extracting, Coding, and Visualizing Subjective Data in Authorship Studies.” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, ed. Bill Hart-Davidson and Jim Ridolfo. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. 140-151.
- Collection awarded the 2016 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award.
Kennedy, Krista. (Invited.) “The Daw and the Honeybee: Originality and Anxiety in the 1728 Chambers’ Cyclopædia.” College English 76.1 (Sept. 2013). 35-58.
Kennedy, Krista, and Rebecca Moore Howard. “Collaborative Pedagogy in the Digital Age.” A Guide to Composition Pedagogies. (2nd edition.) Eds. Tate, Gary, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick, and H. Brooke Hessler. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 37-54.
Kennedy, Krista, Georges Lamoine and Cécile Révauger. (Invited.) “Ephraim Chambers.” Le Monde Maçonnique des Lumiéres (Europe-Amériques et Colonies). [The World of Freemasonry in the Enlightenment (Europe, Americas, and Colonies.)] Eds. Cécile Révauger and Charles Porset. Paris: Editions Honoré Champion, 2013. 728-730.