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K.J. Rawson




English Department
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Associate Professor (On leave 2020-2021)
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Fields: Composition and Rhetoric; Rhetorical History; Archives; LGBT Studies; Digital Media

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Office Phone: 508-793-2552
Office: Fenwick 214
PO Box: 126A
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  • ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing 
  • ENGL 299: Queer Literature
  • ENGL 381: Rhetoric 
  • ENGL 382: Queer Theory 
  • ENGL 383: Feminist Literary Theory
  • ENGL 399: Digital Writing  
  • ENGL 401: Transgender Memoir
  • GSWS 299: Transgender Studies  

Research Project


  • “The Rhetorical Power of Archival Description: Classifying Images of Gender Transgression.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 48.4 (Winter 2018): 327–351.
  • “Archives and Archiving.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.4 (Nov. 2015). Special issue co-edited with Aaron Devor. Duke University Press. 
  • “An Inevitably Political Craft.” Introduction to Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.4 (Nov. 2015): 544–552. 
  • Review of Isaac West’s Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2014). QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking 2.3 (Fall 2015): 160–162.
  • “Coalition of Who? Regendering Scholarly Community in the History of Rhetoric.” Co-created with Patricia Bizzell. Peitho 18.1 (Fall/Winter 2015). <
  • “Archival Justice: An Interview with Ben Power Alwin.” Radical History Review 122 (Spring 2015): 177–187.
  • “Transgender Worldmaking in Cyberspace: Historical Activism on the Internet.” QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking 1.2 (June, 2014): 38–60. 
  • “Archive.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1–2 (May 2014): 24–26.
  • “Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term.” Co-authored with Cristan Williams. Present Tense 3.2 (April, 2014). <> Corresponding timeline: <
  • “Rhetorical History 2.0: Toward a Digital Transgender Archive.” Enculturation 16 (June, 2013). Web. <>
  • “Queer Archives/Archival Queers.” Co-authored with Charles E. Morris III. In Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric. Ed. Michelle Ballif. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. 74–89.
  • “Archive This! Queer(ing) Archival Practices.” In Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflections on Ethically Responsible Research. Eds. Katy Powell and Pam Takayoshi. New York: Hampton Press, 2012. 237–250.
  • Rhetorica In Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies. Co-edited with Eileen E. Schell. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
  • “Queering Feminist Rhetorical Canonization.” In Rhetorica In Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies. Eds. Eileen E. Schell and K.J. Rawson. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. 39-52.
  • Review of Sally Hines’ TransForming gender: Transgender Practices of identity, intimacy and care (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2007). Co-authored with Avery Brooks Tompkins. Journal of Gender Studies 19.1 (March 2010): 98-100.
  • “Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(er?) Archival Logics.” Archivaria 68 (Fall 2009): 123-140.


  • Primary Investigator, Developing the Digital Transgender Archive, American Council of Learned Societies Digital Extension Grant, Academic Year 2017–2018 ($150,000)
  • Primary Investigator, Building the Digital Transgender Archive, American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship, Academic Year 2015–2016 ($85,000)
  • Collaborator, LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant, 2014-2019 ($254,000)

Involved In

  • Chair, Homosaurus Editorial Board
  • Board Member, Making Gay History Podcast
  • Board Member, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making
  • Board Member, Peitho
  • Member, Outfront: A GLBT Alliance of Faculty and Staff at Holy Cross
  • Reviewer for various publications including College Composition and Communication, Enculturation, Peitho, QED, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly