Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Kate Firestone
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Katlyn Firestone

PhD Student

Office: 300 Bessey Hall

Email: firest16@msu.edu

Twitter: @kmoneycertified

Research Areas

Cultural Rhetorics, Asian American Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics, Visual Rhetorics, Queer Rhetorics, Feminist Rhetorics, Community Engagement


Ahoy! Korean American adoptee, here. My work focuses on identity formation in online spaces, especially as it occurs at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. I am specifically interested in taking a cultural rhetorics approach to the ways transnational, transracial adoptees as a diasporic group (Korean American adoptees, currently) make culture and meaning in online spaces.

Representative Work

Firestone, Kate. “An Argument for Empathy in the Teaching of Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication: Writing Strategies for Action, College Composition and Communication, 8 April 2016, George R. Brown Convention Center and Hilton Americas, Houston, TX. Poster Presentation.

Firestone, Kate. “‘Cultural Frankenstein’: Decolonial Possibilities of Adoptee Art as Adoptee Life.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, 1 October 2016, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI. Conference Presentation.

Firestone, Kate. “Intersections of Empowerment: Korean Adoptees & Feminism.” Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network Conference, KAAN, 1 October 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh Greentree, Pittsburgh, PA. Conference Presentation.

Firestone, Kate. ““Self Determination in a Surveillance State: A Feminist Reading of Ex Machina.” National Conference, Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association, 25 March 2016, Sheraton Hotel Seattle, Seattle, WA. Conference Presentation.

Also feel free to check out a pilot version of a project I worked on for Dr. Rhodes' Visual Rhetoric course @ http://kpf22141.wixsite.com/reentry

Awards and Recognitions

Graduate Assistant, MSU Writing Center, Michigan State University, 2015-present Graduate
Fellow, The Graduate School, Michigan State University, 2015-2016 

Research or Academic Affiliations

APAGA (Asian Pacific American Graduate Association)
The Writing Center @ MSU
Queer Theory Playground
WRAP (Writing, Rhetoric, and Praxis)
KAAN (Korean American Adoptee Family Network)
The Graduate School at MSU