Krista Ratcliffe


Department Chair

Rhetoric and composition is my primary field of study. My teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical theory, composition, and women's literature. My administrative duties currently include serving as Chair of the English Department.

My research examines the cultural presence and/or absence of women's voices. For example, Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions studies how women's voices emerge in western rhetorical traditions. Who's Having This Baby? studies how women's voices emerge (or not) in literary and live birthing narratives. Rhetorical Listening studies troubled identifications with gender and whiteness in public debates, rhetorical scholarship, and composition pedagogy.

As a past president of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition and as a current member of MLA's Division on Teaching Writing and of CCCC's Task Force on Databases, I am active nationally in professional organizations. And when I'm not busy with teaching or research, you can find me in my garden or at the movies.


Teaching Fields

Office Hours

Spring 2015

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2015

Research Interests


Selected Publications


Ratcliffe & Glenn 2010 Performing 2010 Ratcliffe 2005
Ratcliffe 2002 Ratcliffe 1996  





English Department

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Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
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