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Profile picture of Jessica KurrJessica Kurr is a scholar of rhetoric and a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Pennsylvania State University where she also received her Ph.D. She primarily writes about the interaction between individuals and institutions with a focus on politics, economics, and LGBTQ issues. Her current book project, When the Fed Speaks, examines the rhetorical strategies used by a succession of prominent Federal Reserve chairs to position the central bank as an authoritative, nonpartisan voice at the center of major economic debates. From 2015 to 2016, she was a dissertation fellow with the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Pennsylvania State University, and she also previously served as the Director of Debate for the Penn State Speech & Debate Society from 2013 to 2016.

She has three main research projects: my book project on the rhetorical Fed, a series of essays on the digital presidency, and multiple projects on civic education, including a forthcoming volume titled Speech & Debate as Civic Education. She also teaches courses on public speaking, argumentation, and debate.

To see her current cv, click here.