Naomi Greyser

University of Iowa
English, Rhetoric, GWSS

Naomi Greyser is associate professor of Rhetoric, English and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) at the University of Iowa, where she is also executive director of Iowa’s Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI). Greyser’s research and teaching span the areas of American literature and culture, critical race and gender theory; affect studies and new materialism; the rhetorical arts; and critical university studies. Greyser’s first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in Fall 2017. Greyser is spending her fellowship at Obermann this fall on her second book, which examines the psychic, socio-political and institutional dimensions of writer’s block, drawing on her work as head writing coach at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The book, Writing Through Writer’s Block, argues that the neoliberal university promotes writer’s block as it demands productivity, and maps unjust distributions of block and flow in the raced, classed, gendered terrain of the post-Fordist Academy.