Professor Julie Prebel
Associate Professor, American Studies; Director of Writing Center & Programs
B.A., UC Berkeley; M.A., Cal State San Francisco; Ph.D., University of Washington
Department Chair, Interdisciplinary Writing & American Studies
Appointed In
Swan 323
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 (drop-in only); Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 (appointment only; email for calendar link)

Julie Prebel teaches courses in writing/composition, rhetorical theory, and cultural studies.

Professor Prebel's research focuses on cultural rhetorics, composition theory and pedagogy, writing center scholarship, American literature, and cultural studies. Two of her current projects demonstrate the range of her interests and expertise: a co-authored article examining diversity and issues of representation in writing center journal publications; and an article in feminist rhetorical theory on Black feminist embodied rhetoric in the works of Frances E.W. Harper and Ida B. Wells. She presents her work regularly at national conferences such as IWCA, CCCCs, and conferences in feminist/cultural rhetorics.

Professor Prebel is an Associate Editor for a prominent writing center journal in the field: WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.

Selected Courses:

  • Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change
  • Black Protest Rhetorics
  • Writing With the Community

Selected Articles:

  • “White Femininity and the Black Female Gaze: Internalized Oppression in The Bluest Eye.” In Inequality, ed. Kimberly Drake. Grey House Publishing, August 2018.
  • “Engaging a ‘Pedagogy of Discomfort’: Emotion as Critical Inquiry in Community Based Writing Courses.” Composition Forum: Special Issue “Emotion in Composition.” Volume 34: Summer 2016.
  • “Paranoia: A Defense Against Patriarchy in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’.” InCritical Insights: Literature of Fear and Paranoia, ed., Kimberly Drake. Grey House Publishing. December 2016.
  • “Writing Center Support for International Students.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 19.4 (Winter) 2015.
  • Confessions in the Writing Center: Disclosures of Sexual Trauma in the Era of Mandatory Reporting.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Issue 40: 3-4, Nov-Dec 2015.
  • “Head Bumps to Brain Scans: A Visual Rhetorical History of Scientific Surveillant Looking.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Issue 19, July 2015.