College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jennifer Amy Keohane

Jennifer Amy Keohane

Jennifer Amy Keohane

Assistant Professor

rhetorical criticism, social movements, labor, gender

Dr. Jennifer Keohane teaches courses in rhetorical criticism, business communication, and public speaking at George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her expertise lies in social movement rhetoric, labor organizing, and gender. Her current research explores how advocates for the labor movement use gendered narratives to organize workers. Dr. Keohane is also invested in using rhetorical research for civic engagement, and at UW-Madison, she served as the vice president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, the labor union of graduate students on campus. In this role, she worked with university administrators to ensure compliance with campus labor regulations. She has also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Rhetoric Society of America.

Selected Publications

"'Honest Toil': Labor, the Body, and Citizenship in the Knights of Labor, 1880-1890," Rhetoric Society Quarterly 46, no. 1 (2016): 66-88.

“Spheres of Influence: The Intersections of Feminism and Transnationalism in Betty Millard’s Woman Against Myth.” In Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies, edited by Cindy Griffin and Karma R. Chávez, 169-188. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012.

“‘In The Bonds of Woman and the Slave’: Analogy and Collective Identity in Woman’s Rights Discourse, 1860-1869.” In Rhetoric Concord and Controversy, edited by Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn, 142-154. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2012.

“‘How Would They Ever Learn Better?’ The Sedition Act, the McCarran Internal Security Act, and Congressional Failure,” Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review 1:1 (2008): 217-236.

“Never Again: The Case for the International Criminal Court,” Northwestern Journal of International Affairs 9:1 (2008): 69-74.

Courses Taught

Comm 100: Public Speaking
Comm 300: Foundations of Public Communication
Comm 320: Business and Professional Communication
Comm 335: Organizational Communication
Comm 454: Freedom of Speech and Communication Ethics


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture), May 2015
MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Rhetoric), December 2010
BA, Northwestern University (Communication Studies), June 2008.