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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Krista Kennedy

Krista Kennedy portrait

Associate Professor

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

228 HB Crouse Hall



Ph.D., University of Minnesota Department of Writing Studies, 2009

Research Interests

Rhetorics of Technology, Algorithmic Rhetorics, Disability Studies, Data Surveillance, Authorship, Intellectual Property


Krista Kennedy is Associate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric. During the 2020 – 21 academic year, she is NEH Visiting Professor of Writing & Rhetoric at Colgate University. Her research focuses on the ways that humans work closely with technologies and the rhetorical implications of policies and laws that shape that work. She is also interested in the ways we construct our relationships with technologies, whether contemporary or historical. Her experience as a deaf academic informs her current project, which examines intersections of deafness, artificial intelligence, and ethics of medical data collection.

Since 2009, Kennedy has been a faculty member of the Syracuse University Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, & Composition. Her award-winning teaching has been recognized by each institution where she has taught. Most recently, she received a 2019 Excellence in Graduate Education Award from the SU Graduate School.

She also publishes creative nonfiction essays as well as photography in the social documentary tradition. Her photographic work has appeared in diverse digital and print publications from The Atlantic, The London Evening Standard, National Public Radio, Oxford University Press China, Simon & Schuster, W.W. Norton, McGraw Hill, and Mines ParisTech, among other venues.

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

Recent Publications


Edited Volume

Kennedy, Krista and Jenell Johnson. Special issue on Disability, In/Visibility, and Risk. Rhetoric Society Quarterly 50(3) (Summer 2020). 161-221.

Howard, Rebecca Moore and Krista Kennedy. Special Issue on Western Cultures of Intellectual Property. College English 75.5 (May 2013). 461-547.

Recent Articles and Chapters

Kennedy, Krista, Charlotte Tschider, and Noah Wilson. “Balancing the Halo: Data Surveillance and Algorithmic Opacity in Smart Hearing Aids.” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. Forthcoming 2021.

Tschider, Charlotte A. and Krista Kennedy. “Data Discrimination: The International Regulatory Impasse of AI-Enabled Devices.” Legal, Social, and Ethical Perspectives on Health and Technology. Eds. Motahareh Fathisalout-Bollon and Anna Berti Suman. Presses Universitaires Savoie Mont Blanc, 2020. 147-168.

Kennedy, Krista. “'I Forgot I’m Deaf!': Passing, Kairotic Space, and the Midcentury Cyborg Woman." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 50(3) (Summer 2020). 184-193.

Kennedy, Krista and Noah Wilson. “The Banality of Digital Aggression: Algorithmic Data Surveillance in Medical Wearables.” Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression, Hate Speech, and Harassment. Eds. Jessica Reyman and Erika Sparby. Routledge, 2019. 214-230.

Kennedy, Krista. “Pools, or, On Being Seen Deaf.” Tendon Magazine. Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine. 2019.

Tschider, Charlotte A. and Krista Kennedy. “Legal Issues in Cybernetics and Robotics.” The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines. Ed. Theodore F. Claypoole. American Bar Association, 2019. 281-301.

Kennedy, Krista. “Designing for Human-Machine Collaboration: Smart Hearing Aids as Wearable Technologies.” Special issue on Communication Design of Wearable Technologies in Health and Medicine. Eds. Catherine Gouge and John Jones. Communication Design Quarterly 5(4) (Dec. 2017). 40-51.

Kennedy, Krista. “Textual Curation.” Computers and Composition 40 (June 2016). 175-189.

Writing Center Bio

Degrees: B.A.s in English and Professional & Technical Writing, MA in Professional & Technical Writing (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Scientific, & Technical Communication (University of Minnesota)
Courses taught: WRT 302, 307, 419/619, 426, 427/627, 437/637, along with doctoral seminars in rhetorics of technology, digital writing, and authorship studies.
Extensive experience with technical, professional, and scientific documents as well as digital writing. I also work with graduate students on thesis or dissertation projects.


New Book Traces Wikipedia's Origins to 18th-Century Encyclopedia

(Dec. 13, 2016)

Krista Kennedy’s work raises questions about who and what is a writer in computer age