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Jennifer Herman

  • Senior Lecturer, Dept of Engineering Education
  • 309 Hitchcock Hall
    2070 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-4965


Ph.D., English—Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy, The Ohio State University, 2014
M.A., English—Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy, The Ohio State University, 2009  
B.A., English—Shakespeare, The Ohio State University, 2006
B.A., Biological Sciences—Evolution and Ecology, The Ohio State University, 2006

Research Area(s)

Writing Pedagogy, Technical Communication, Rhetoric of Science, Museum Studies, Digital Media Studies

Honors and Grants

  • Kitty Locker Research Grant, OSU 2012
  • Batelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grant 2011

Publications in Progress

  1. Review of Evolutionary Rhetorics: Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth Century Feminism, by Wendy Hayden. JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture and Politics. Forthcoming.
  2. Co-authored with Theresa Kulbaga. “Forensic Memoir: Looking and Listening among the Bones” in Visualizing Human Rights: Narrative and Rhetoric of the Humanitarian Image. Eds. Georgiana Banita and Christoph Ribbat. Piscataway: Rutgers University Press. Forthcoming.


  1. “Reframing ‘Objective’ Science: Community Bodies and Bodies of Communities in Science and Technology Centers.” Rhetoric Society of America. Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. 22-26 May 2012.
  2.  “Science, Literacy and Agency.” Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies. Invited Discussant. Knight House, Columbus, OH. 4 November 2011.
  3. “Constructing Popular Scientific Knowledge: The Role of Brain Imaging in Lay and Expert Discourses.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Atlanta, GA. 6-10 April 2011.
  4. “Witnessing Authorship in The Bone Woman.” Human Rights: Confronting Images and Testimonies Conference. Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 3-5 March 2010.
  5. “Planting the Seeds of a Feminist Rhetoric of Science: Materiality, Access, and Conflict in COSI Columbus’s “Gregor Mendel” Exhibition.” Feminisms and Rhetorics. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. 7-10 October 2009.
  6. “When “Good Reasons” Aren’t Good Enough: The Failed Rhetoric of Climate Change in the US Public Sphere.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Hilton San Francisco. San Francisco, CA. 11-14 March 2009.