Kimberly Harrison is a professor of English and Writing Program Administrator. She joined the FIU faculty to direct the Writing & Rhetoric program, first on the Biscayne Bay campus and then on both university campuses. She also oversees the university’s Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.
A historian of women’s rhetoric, her recent book-length publications have focused on southern women’s rhetoric during the American Civil War. She is author of The Rhetoric of Rebel Women: Civil War Diaries and Confederate Persuasion and editor of A Maryland Bride in the Deep South: The Civil War Diary of Priscilla Bond, which was awarded the 2012 Dr. Arthur W. Bergeron Award from the Civil War Roundtable of Central Louisiana, for scholarship on Louisiana’s Civil War history and the 2006 Biannual Founder’s Award from the Museum of the Confederacy for outstanding editing of primary source documents. In addition to articles in journals and edited collections, she has also published Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre (edited with Richard Fantina); and Contemporary Composition Studies: A Guide to Theorists and Terms (co-authored with Edith Babin). Her scholarship on writing program administration focuses on program design and teacher training.
Areas of specialization: women’s Civil War rhetoric, southern women’s rhetoric, historiography, histories and theories of rhetoric, writing program administration.