Affect and Inquiry: Emotion, Embodiment, Empiricism, Fall 2013

Co-director , University of Iowa , American Studies
Deborah Whaley’s teaching and research fields include the institutional history, theory, and methods of American studies, 19th- and 20th-century American cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, black cultural studies, popular culture, the visual and expressive arts, feminist and gender studies, and critical theory.
Co-director , The University of Iowa , Communication Studies
Jeff recently published his first book, Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance (University of Alabama Press). This analysis, which places contemporary rhetorical theory in conversation with identity and movement studies, focuses on the federal donor deferral policies that prohibit gay men from giving blood. Although organizations such as the FDA purport to secure public safety through a scrupulous deliberative process, Jeff argues these measures are substantiated by a deleterious scientific discourse that positions gay men as contagions. As a remedy...
Co-director , University of Iowa , Rhetoric
Naomi Greyser is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and English. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century U.S. literature; affect studies; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; the theory and practice of the rhetorical arts; and American studies. Greyser teaches courses in the Departments of English and Rhetoric, as well as in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, argues that sentimentalism encouraged expressions of sympathy that cleave...