About Me

Contact me at obermarkl@umsl.edu

Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy), Ohio State University
M.A. in English (Language and Literature), University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.S. in Secondary English Education,University of Missouri-Columbia

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Photo of Lauren Obermark

Assistant Professor
455A Lucas Hall

As a specialist in Rhetoric and Composition, I am broadly interested in how people communicate, whether that communication is written, oral, visual, or a combination of modes and media. I am particularly committed to teaching and researching ethical, civil, and meaningful communication practices in both academic and public contexts.

With that commitment in mind, my research seeks models and methods to improve the current state of public discourse and engagement in the United States. I am currently completing a book entitled Revising Rhetorical Education: Museums and Pedagogy, which shares rhetorical case studies of national historical museums, focusing on the ways these sites shape civic engagement and offer new insights to scholars and teachers of rhetoric.

I have recently published articles on writing program administration, disability studies, and public rhetoric in/about Ferguson, Missouri. I am also currently serving as an editor and contributor for a digital collection entitled The Rhetoric of Participation.

Other work-in-progress includes an essay on pregnancy and rhetoric as embodied rhetoric an article that merges my interests in disability studies and graduate education in English.

At the heart of all my work is an ongoing investigation of how rhetoric informs 21st-century practices of citizenship, social justice, and pedagogy. I view my interests in civically engaged rhetoric—especially as it can be used to improve how citizens listen, speak, and write to (and about) one another—as the uniting thread across my academic roles of teaching, research, and service.

Additional research and teaching interests include: rhetorical theory, disability studies, feminist rhetoric(s), writing program administration, and composition theory and pedagogy.

If you cannot access any of the material on my website, feel free to send me an email, and I can send you information in another format.





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