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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

Digital Rhetorics, Rhetorical Theory, Automation, Authorship, Intellectual Property Theory, Technical and Professional Communication.

Krista Kennedy is an 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

Recent Publications


Edited Volume

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.

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