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Jessica Kurr is a communication specialist with expertise designing and assessing courses and programs related on diversity, equity, and inclusion and political communication. She is currently a visiting lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University with ongoing work at the Women’s Debate Institute and Johns Hopkins University. 

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 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).