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Allison L. Rowland

Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Arts, St. Lawrence University

I am a rhetorical theorist, and my specific interest centers on how lives come to matter, or, more specifically, how we rhetorically generate and modulate the status of people's lives. I have coined the term "zoerhetorics" to describe the persuasive communicative practices that do this work. I also study reproductive politics and biocitizenship, especially across gender, race, and sexuality. I am currently working on a book project tentatively titled Zoerhetorics: Norms of Inclusion that explores zoerhetorical theory across three empirical case studies. This book straddles the intersection of rhetoric and biopolitics/necropolitics.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Performance & Communication Arts , St. Lawrence University