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Krista Roberts

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Contact Information

Department of English
608 S. Wright Street
608 S Wright
M/C 718
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Spring 2023, T/R 3:30-5pm; or by appointment.

Research Interests

Mary Toft, life writing/narrative, history of medicine, posthumanism, zoetropic pack

Research Description

I use relationality as a rhetorical strategy to recover women and nonhuman animal contributions to western medical history.


Doctor of Philosophy, English Studies. Illinois State University, 2021.

               Dissertation: “Material Witnesses: Deconstructing Networks of Credibility and Objectivity in Medical Narratives from Mary Toft to the Contraceptive Pill.”

               Committee: Cynthia A. Huff (chair), Katherine Ellison, Mary Moran

               Graduate Certificate: Women’s and Gender Studies.


Courses Taught

Rhet 105

Teaching Awards

Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction (Specialized Faculty), 2022-2023

Highlighted Publications

“Career Narratives and Invisibility: Mental Health and the Paradox of Disclosure.” Forthcoming.

Banerjee, Mita. Medical Humanities in American StudiesLife Writing, Narrative Medicine, and the Power of Autobiography. Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018. a|bAuto|Biography Studies

Tougaw, Jason. The Elusive Brain: Literary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience. Yale UP, 2018. a|bAuto|Biography Studies.

“Women Medical Writers/Writing Women’s Medicine.” Humanities Commons, 2018.

“Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas” U.S. Studies Online (2017).

“Digital Archives, TEI, and Relationality: Locating Digital Life Writing/Writing to the Future.” Student and New Scholar Forum, a|b: Auto|Biography Studies 32.2 (2017).