Past Speaking Engagements (Selected)

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Sept. 27-29, 2019
May 6, 2019
Oct. 19, 2018
Host: Orange County Rape Crisis Center
April 30, 2018
Host: Orange County Rape Crisis Center
April 24, 2017
Dec. 16, 2015

March 19, 2015 | “Coming ‘into’ Adjacency in Disability Studies.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL. Panel Co-organizer and Chair, “Rhetorical Adjacency: Composing Disability Narratives as the Near, Dear, or Peer.” Download Talk Transcription.

Feb. 13, 2015 | “Bridging the Gap Between Law School and Law Practice.” Talk delivered at the UNC Law Festival of Legal Learning (a continuing legal education program). Co-presenter Professor Alexa Z. Chew of UNC Law. Talk based on research findings of the New Legal Writers Survey.

Feb. 9, 2015 | “Using Genres to Teach Writing.” Professional development workshop delivered via teleconference to writing teachers at University of California at Santa Cruz.

Oct. 10, 2014 | “Heller’s Scapegoats: Psychiatric Disability, Gun Control, and Civil Commitment in the Era of Spree Killings.” Talk delivered at the North Carolina Law Review Symposium: Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System. Served as Symposium Faculty Co-Chair with Professor Tamar Birckhead of UNC Law. An article based on this talk is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review.

June 2014 | “The Genre Discovery Approach: Teaching Law Students How to Write Any Legal Document.” Talk delivered at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, PA. [View Slides] [View Write-Up]

May 2014 | “Between Civil Rights and Individual Rights: Pragmatism, Individualism, and the Rhetorics of Affirmative Action.” Talk delivered at the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX. Panel Organizer: The Borders of Law and Rhetoric.

April 2014 | “Authority Lost: The DSM-5’s Fall From Legal Grace.” Keynote talk delivered at the second annual Composing Disability conference at George Washington University, Washington, DC. [View Slides]

March 2014 | “Bipolar Rhetorics: Using Genre Theory to Reconcile Rhetoric From and Rhetoric About Psychiatric Disability.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN. [View Handout]

Download an archive of talks given prior to 2014.


Below is a selection of my scholarly research, organized by topic. I left academia in 2014. Please view my freelance writing page for more writing and areas of expertise. 

Mental Health, Psychiatry, Disability

“Heller’s Scapegoats.” 93 University of North Carolina Law Review 1493 (2015). [SSRN Download].

“Symposium Introduction: Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System.” Authored with Faculty Co-Chair of the North Carolina Law Review Symposium, Professor Tamar Birckhead of UNC Law. 93 University of North Carolina Law Review 1211 (2015). [SSRN Download].

“Reframing Sanity: Scapegoating the Mentally Ill in the Case of Jared Loughner,” in Re/Framing Identifications 159-68 (Michelle Ballif ed., 2013). [SSRN Download].

“The Creativity Mystique and the Rhetoric of Mood Disorders,” 31 Disability Studies Quarterly (Issue 3, Special Issue on Rhetoric and Disability, 2011). [SSRN download].

“The Genre of the Mood Memoir and the Ethos of Psychiatric Disability,” 40 Rhetoric Society Quarterly 479-501 (Issue 5, 2010). [Download]. Reprinted in: Neurorhetorics 105-27 (Jordynn Jack ed., Routledge 2013). [Download]. Author Posting. (c) Katie Rose Guest Pryal, 2010. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Katie Rose Guest Pryal for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Volume 40 Issue 5, October 2010. doi:10.1080/02773945.2010.516304 (

Law, Legal Education, Higher Education

“Cut Clutter with ‘Checklist-Find’: Using Technology to Teach Effective, Efficient Revision.” May 2015. Authored with Professor Kaci Bishop of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

“Report: Bridging the Gap between Law School and Law Practice.” Jan. 2015. Report co-authored with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

Co-Principal Investigator, New Legal Writers Survey (with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law) UNC Chapel Hill. Institutional Review Board-approved, ongoing survey of legal employers about their hiring practices and their expectations of new lawyers. 2013-Present. UNC Law Brooks Fund Grant recipient to support empirical research for work on this project.

“Report: Judicial Preferences For Writing Samples Based on Data Gathered from the New Legal Writers Survey,” Jan. 2014. Report co-authored with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

“The Genre Discovery Approach: Preparing Law Students to Write Any Legal Document,” 59 Wayne Law Review 531-81 (2014). [SSRN Download].

Co-Investigator, UNC Genre Project, 2013-14. Lead Investigators are Professors Jordynn Jack and Jane Danielewicz of UNC English.

“A Lecturer’s Almanac,” Hybrid Pedagogy, Special Issue on Contingency in Higher Education, 21 Oct. 2013. [Read Online].

UNC Center for Faculty Excellence/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant, co-Author Dr. Leslie Frost of UNC English, $10,000.00. October 2010. [Grant page preserved here.]”Mapping the Culture Wars: American Legal Cultural Studies Now,” 2010 Euresis 158-70 (2010, Special Issue on Law). [SSRN download]”Intimate Pedagogy: The Practice of Embodiment in University Classrooms,” 1 Assuming Gender 62-77 (Issue 2, 2010). [SSRN download]. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following SSRN distributions: CSN: Pedagogy (Topic), Cognition in Mathematics, Science, & Technology eJournal and LSN: Conflicting Rights (Topic).

“Review: The Celluloid Courtroom: A History of Legal Cinema, by Ross D. Levi,” 39 Journal of Popular Culture 164-65 (2006).

“Review: Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Culture, by Jeffrey P. Jones,” 38 Journal of Popular Culture 1111-12 (2005).

Social Justice

“Hollywood’s White Legal Heroes and the Legacy of Slave Codes,” in Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, and Other Media 145-163 (Marlene Allen & Seretha D. Williams ed., 2012). [SSRN download].

“Walking in Another’s Skin: Failure of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird,” in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays 174-89 (Michael Meyer ed., Scarecrow 2010). [SSRN download]. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following SSRN distributions: CSN: Mental Operations (Topic); CSN: Narrative & Story (Sub-Topic); Cognition & the Arts eJournal; CSN: Emotion (Topic); and Law & Prosociality eJournal; Human Cognition in Evolution & Development eJournal; Law & Literature eJournal; Law & Rhetoric eJournal; Law, Brain & Behavior eJournals; and Law, Norms & Informal Order eJournal.

“‘Embrace the Prudent Alliance’: William Byrd of Westover and Intermarriage between Europeans and Native Americans,” 23 Postscript 51-88 (2006): 51-88. [SSRN download]”Healing Feminism’s Broken Heart,” 25 Women’s Rights Law Reporter 167-75 (2004). [SSRN download]”Review: Democracy’s Debt: The Historical Tensions Between Political and Economic Liberty,” by M. Lane Bruner, 31 Rhetoric Review 343-46 (2012). [PDF].

“Harriet Wilson,” in Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers 629-632 (Yolanda Page ed., Greenwood 2007). [SSRN download]”Review: Law and Society in the South, by John W. Wertheimer,” 17 Southern Studies 113-16 (2010). [PDF]

Terrorism, War on Terror

“The Rhetoric Of Sissy-Slogans: How Denigrating The Feminine Perpetuates The Terror Wars,” 15 J. Gender Race & Just. 503-40 (2012). [SSRN download].

“The Ideology of Terror: Why We Will Never Win the ‘War’,” 28 Journal of American Culture 368-76 (2005). [SSRN download]. Article was cited in “Wars, Schemas, and Legitimation: Analyzing the National Discourse about War,” 119 Harvard Law Review 2099, 2106 fn. 45 (2006). Article won the Journal of American Culture Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Culture Association. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for RHEW: Rhetoric & the Media (Topic).