Jordynn Jack, 2020–21

Training the Brain: Rhetoric, Neuropolicy, and Education

Birkelund Fellowship, 2020-21

Chi Omega Term Distinguished Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jordynn Jack

Jordynn Jack is Chi Omega Term Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in rhetorical theory, rhetoric of science, women’s rhetorics, writing in the natural sciences, and composition. Her scholarly work focuses on the rhetoric of science and technology, women’s rhetorics, and genre. She is the author of Science on the Home Front: American Women Scientists in World War II  (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks (University of Illinois Press, 2014), How Writing Works (Oxford, 2016), Raveling the Brain: Toward a Transdisciplinary Neurorhetoric (Ohio State University Press, 2019), and two edited collections, Neurorhetorics (Routledge, 2012) and Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (2019). Her articles have appeared in PMLA, College English, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Women’s Studies in Communication.

Selected Publications

Raveling the Brain

  • Jack, Jordynn. Raveling the Brain: Toward a Transdisciplinary Neurorhetoric. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2019.
  • Edwell, Jennifer, Sarah Ann Singer, and Jordynn Jack. “Healing Arts: Rhetorical Techne as Medical (Humanities) Intervention.” Technical Communication Quarterly 27, no. 1 Medical Humanities and/or the Rhetorics of Health and Medicine (2018): 50-63.
  • Jack, Jordynn, L. Gregory Appelbaum, Elizabeth Beam, James Moody, and Scott A. Huettel. “Mapping Rhetorical Topologies in Cognitive Neuroscience.” In Topologies as Techniques for a Post-Critical Rhetoric, edited by Lynda Walsh, and Casey Boyle, 125-50. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Jack, Jordynn. Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2014.
  • Jack, Jordynn, and L. Gregory Appelbaum. “’This is Your Brain on Rhetoric’: Research Directions for NeuroRhetorics.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 40, no. 5 NeuroRhetorics (2010): 411-37.
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