BiographyJill McCracken is a rhetorician and a scholar of gender and sexuality. She analyzes language to understand how marginalized communities and public policy discursively co-create and impact each other and the material conditions of individuals' lives. Discourse as exploration and action is a foundation of her work, as well as her desire to create understanding and livability between and amongst individuals. Her research includes street-based sex work, trafficking of individuals in the sex trade, incarceration, and gendered and sexualized violence. She teaches courses in rhetoric, writing, and gender and sexuality at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
She designs research projects, analyzes policy, and explores intercultural and ideological frameworks of knowledge in order to understand how they impact and are co-created by individuals. Her goal is to contribute her knowledge to a larger network, learn from others, and explore the difficult questions we must confront in order to decrease violence and create freedom of self-expression and knowledge.
She is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP). At USFSP, she enjoys teaching students in the undergraduate Writing Studies program and the graduate Master’s in Liberal Arts program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as Contemporary Rhetorics: Feminist Theory, Rhetoric of Sexuality & Sex Work, Research Methods; The Rhetoric of Marginalized Communities, and Public Rhetorics. Her teaching and research have been supported by a Learn and Serve America Higher Education Grant and numerous USFSP Research and Center for Civic Engagement Grants.
She lives with her son in St. Petersburg, Florida. You can find her at jill-mccracken.com and on twitter @mccrackenjill.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Rhetoric, Gender, Sexuality, Sex Work, Trafficking of Individuals in the Sex Trade, Prison Industrial Complex, and Gendered and Sexualized Violence.