Here are my published and forthcoming books. Click on the images below to learn more about each one.

Science on the Home Front

During World War II, women scientists responded to urgent calls for their participation in the war effort. Even though newspapers, magazines, books, and films forecasted tremendous growth in scientific and technical jobs for women, the war produced few long-term gains in the percentage of women in the sciences or in their overall professional standing.
In Science on the Home Front, I argue that it was the very language of science–the discourses and genres of scientific communication–that helped to limit women’s progress in science even as it provided opportunities for a small group of prominent female scientists to advance during the war.

Autism and Gender

The first ever study of how conceptions of gender influence debates about autism. The reasons behind the increase in autism diagnoses have become hotly contested in the media as well as within the medical, scholarly, and autistic communities. In Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, I focus on the ways gender influences popular discussion and understanding of autism’s causes and effects. I identify gendered theories like the “refrigerator mother” theory, which blames emotionally distant mothers for autism, and the “extreme male brain” theory, which links autism to the modes of systematic thinking found in male computer geeks.

How Writing Works

How Writing Works A Guide to Composing Genres Jordynn Jack and Katie Rose Guest Pryal Buy from or College students are expected to master new genres in every course they take. Yet composition instructors can’t possibly teach students every genre they will need for their college courses or careers. Instead of telling students … Continue reading How Writing Works


Neurorhetorics (Ed. Jordynn Jack) In academia, as well as in popular culture, the prefix “neuro-” now occurs with startling frequency. Scholars now publish research in the fields of neuroeconomics, neurophilosophy, neuromarketing, neuropolitics, and neuroeducation. Consumers are targeted with enhanced products and services, such as brain-based training exercises, and babies are kept on a strict regimen … Continue reading Neurorhetorics

Raveling the Brain

In Raveling the Brain: Toward a Trandisciplinary Neurorhetoric, I show how the humanities—and in particular, rhetoric—have much to add to the neurosciences, offering rich insights into the ways in which the brain is enmeshed in the body, in culture, and in discourse. The book first looks at the problem of “neurohype”—exaggerated or oversimplified claims that essentialize … Continue reading Raveling the Brain