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Kelly Williams

Part-time Lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences


  1. B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  2. M.A., Baylor University, 2017

Kelly Williams studies the intersections of visual and constitutive rhetoric, paying special attention to public art. For the last several years, her research has examined how murals can unite audiences and constitute distinctive identities through the use of iconographic symbols and certain aesthetic choices. Currently, she is interested in how public art aids in identity formation in marginalized communities around the world, and what makes constitutive rhetoric succeed and fail. She teaches CAS 100C: Effective Speech for Penn State World Campus, and served as Editorial Assistant for Rhetoric & Public Affairs from 2015-2017.