Katherine Mack Ph.D.

Katherine Mack Ph.D.

Katherine Mack Ph.D.

Professor
On Sabbatical;
COLU 1025D

Professional Summary

I am interested in how rhetorics of the self and the evidence of personal experience influence how we live, feel, and relate to ourselves and others; to social and political movements; and to institutions. My sites of research are wide-ranging, encompassing truth and reconciliation efforts in South Africa, motherhood and family in the United States, the genre and practice of life writing, and rhetorical pedagogy in the era of “truth decay.” Across these diverse sites, I aim to illuminate how life narratives function rhetorically, in ways that are both productive and problematic.

I’ve written two monographs: From Apartheid to Democracy: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa (Penn State UP, 2014) and The Case for Single Motherhood: Contemporary Maternal Identities and Family Formations (in press with the University of Alabama Press) as well as articles for academic journals and essays in edited collections. My current project—an examination of intimacy, motherhood, and family—has me dancing on the boundaries of various genres of creative non-fiction.

When I’m not doing the above, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends; being outdoors, preferably near (or in) a body of water; participating in art-based community events; practicing yoga; and, singing.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A. in History, magna cum laude, Columbia University

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Advanced Rhetoric and Writing (ENGL 3010)
  • Rhetorics of Post-Apartheid South Africa (ENGL 3300)
  • Rhetorics of Family (ENGL 3400)
  • Various iterations of the Rhetoric and Writing summit course, e.g. Public Writing, The Ethical Rhetor, Rhetoric and Life Writing (ENGL 4880)

Curriculum Vitae