Catherine Jean Prendergast



Catherine Prendergast is Professor of English at the University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign. She is a Guggenheim Fellow for the year 2014-2015, working on her book, Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief. 

Research Interests

  • American, later
  • Writing Studies
  • American, later
  • Teacher Training
  • Film/Visual Culture
  • Writing Studies


  • BA: Columbia University
  • PhD: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Courses Taught

  • Disability in Film
  • Economies of Literacy

Recent Publications

Prendergast, C. J. (2016). Reflection: Before #BlackLivesMatter. In T. M. Kennedy, J. I. Middleton, & K. Ratcliffe (Eds.), Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (pp. 89-91). Southern Illinois University Press.

Prendergast, C. J. (2016). The unexceptional schizophrenic: A post-postmodern introduction. In L. J. Davis (Ed.), The Disability Studies Reader (5 ed., pp. 232-241). Taylor and Francis.

Prendergast, C. J. (2014). Mental disability and rhetoricity retold: The memoir on drugs. In D. Bolt (Ed.), Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies (pp. 60-67). New York: Routledge.

Prendergast, C. J. (2013). Or You Don't: Talents, Tendencies, and the Pooka of Literacy. Enculturation.

Prendergast, C. J. (2013). Reinventing the University: EUI as Writing Initiative. Learning and Teaching, 6(3), 79-88.

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