Kelly Happe

Kelly Happe is associate professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Communication Studies.  She holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Women's Studies. 

Professor Happe received her PhD in rhetoric, with a secondary emphasis in media studies, at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Carol Stabile. While there, she completed the coursework for the PhD certificate in Cultural Studies as well as substantial coursework in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Her work was supported by a Cultural Studies Fellowship, a Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship, and she was the recipient of the best dissertation of the year award from the Women's Studies department.

While a faculty member at NIU and UGA, she has been awarded several institutional grants to support her research on the public and scientific discourse of genetics. Her scholarship has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Patterns of Prejudice, New Genetics and Society, Journal of Medical HumanitiesMediaTropesPhilosophy and Rhetoric and other venues.  Her book, The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity After the Human Genome Project was published by NYU Press as part of its "Biopolitics" series.  Dr. Happe is the recipient of the 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association (for The Material Gene) and the 2014 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award for her essay "The Body of Race: Toward a Rhetorical Theory of Racial Ideology."

She is currently researching various topics related to the body, biocapital, political subjectivity, and radical economic thought. She also continues to be interested in issues relating to the body and science, including toxic chemical pollution and epigenetics.  She is also co-editing a book on biocitizenship (under contract with NYU Press) and is in the early stages of a manuscript on the "new materialism" turn in the humanities.

Prof. Happe teaches courses in rhetorical theory, feminist theory, research methods, science studies, and environmental communication.  She currently serves on the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women's Studies in Communication, and Southern Communication Quarterly.

Upcoming talks:

November, 2016. National Communication Association, Philadelphia.

October, 2016. Plenary speaker.  Biennial Public Address Conference, Syracuse University,

May, 2016. Paper presentation, Rhetoric Society of America Biennual Conference.

2014. Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Denver. November 7.

2013. Southern Festival of Books, Tennessee Humanities and the Robert Penn Warren Center at Vanderbilt University.  October 13. 

Broadcast on CSPAN’s BookTV.  “The Material Gene: Gender, Race and Heredity After the Human Genome Project.”

2013.  Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. New York University. October 24.  “The Material Gene: Gender, Race and Heredity After the Human Genome Project.”

2013. Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  Columbia University. October. 22.  “Gender, Race, and the Embodiment of Heredity.”

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