Naomi Greyser is associate professor of rhetoric, English and gender, women’s & sexuality studies at the University of Iowa. Before joining the faculty at Iowa, Naomi held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and taught English at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Her research and teaching span the rhetorical arts; American literature and culture; affect studies and new materialism; critical race and gender studies; American studies; and critical university studies. Naomi’s work has appeared in American Quarterly, Feminist Studies and American Literature, and her first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, was recently published by Oxford University Press.
Naomi teaches a variety of courses in Rhetoric, English, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. These include “Diversity & Power: Examining Gender, Race, and Class in America,” “Sentimentalism and Affect Theory,” “Chick Lit in America,” and “Tears and Torment: Literary Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America.” Her teaching guides students in taking themselves seriously as writers, readers and thinkers whose words and arguments matter to diverse audiences, and as workshoppers who support classmates in bringing their projects to fruition. Students are always welcome to check in about ways to use her classes to help them meet their goals at the university and beyond.
Naomi also works as head writing coach at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, where she helps especially under-represented faculty augment their writing, research and work-life balance. This work is part of research showing that conventional understandings of “writer’s block” can block us from recognizing its institutional and socio-political dimensions. The neoliberal university is paradoxically promoting writer’s block as it increasingly demands productivity. Writing Through Writer’s Block examines unjustly distributed experiences of block and flow to map the raced, classed and gendered terrain of the American academy.