Naomi Greyser is associate professor of rhetoric and English at the University of Iowa. Before joining the faculty at Iowa, Naomi held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Her research and teaching span the rhetorical arts; American literature and culture; affect studies and the new materialism; critical race and gender studies; American studies; and critical university studies. Her first book, On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2017). Naomi’s work has also appeared in American Quarterly, Feminist Studies and American Literature.
Naomi teaches a variety of courses in English, Rhetoric, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. These include “Diversity & Power: Examining Gender, Race, and Class in America,” “Chick Lit in America,” “Studies in Sentimentalism and Affect Theory” and “Tears and Torment: Literary Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America.” In the classroom, Naomi aims to cultivate learning communities that are both pleasurable and challenging — where students learn new ways to think about the art, power and limits of representation and about gender, race, class and nation. Students learn to strategically intervene in an ongoing conversation that matters to them by moving between careful rhetorical analysis, broader theoretical discussion, and research on historical and political contexts. She engages students in taking themselves seriously as writers, speakers and thinkers whose words and arguments matter to diverse audiences, and as workshoppers who support classmates in bringing their projects to fruition. Naomi enjoys giving individualized attention to students’ work, and invites students to visit her during office hours. 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 a head writing coach at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity(link is external), where she helps especially under-represented faculty enhance their writing, research and work-life balance. This work is part of her research on writer’s block. The neoliberal university is paradoxically promoting writer’s block as it increasingly – and counterproductively – demands “productivity.” Writing Through Writer’s Block examines the unjustly distributed experiences of block and flow to map the raced, classed and gendered terrain of a post-Fordist academy. The book includes an array of tested approaches that support academics in re-connecting with their writing and research under various forms of duress.