Jessica Kurr is a scholar of rhetoric and a visiting lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University. She primarily writes about the interaction between individuals and institutions with a focus on politics, trans and queer issues, and economic policy.

Her current research centers on understanding how institutional rhetorics affect the debate over trans rights and how institutional recognition, or lack thereof, affects these debates. Some of her prior work includes how trans rights movements draw analogies to the past, how Covid relief debates excluded trans and queer individuals, how economic institutions like the Federal Reserve center themselves in policy deliberations, and multiple projects rethinking civic education from a co-edited volume Speech & Debate as Civic Education (Penn State Press, 2017) to a co-written textbook The Rhetoric of Western Thought (Kendall Hunt, 2020).