Lauren Obermark


HAssistant Professor
455A Lucas Hall

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

As a specialist in Rhetoric and Composition, Lauren Obermark is broadly interested in how people communicate, whether that communication is written, oral, visual, or a combination of modes and media. She is particularly committed to teaching and researching ethical, civil, and meaningful communication practices in both academic and public contexts. With that commitment in mind, her research seeks models and methods to improve the current state of public discourse and engagement in the United States. She is currently at work on a book project that investigates how history museums both educate visitors about history and encourage present-day participatory citizenship.

Additional research and teaching interests include: rhetorical theory, disability studies, feminist rhetoric(s), writing program administration, and composition theory and pedagogy. Related to these diverse interests, she is currently serving as editor on a forthcoming collection from Computers and Composition Digital Press which interrogates how “participation” is defined and understood in the field of Rhetoric and Composition, and she is collaborating on an article about the development of sustained and integrated professional development models for TAs in English departments.