I am a rhetorician and a scholar of gender and sexuality. I analyze language to understand how marginalized communities and public policy discursively co-create and impact each other and the material conditions of individuals’ lives. Discourse as exploration and action is a foundation of my work, as well as my desire to create understanding and livability between and amongst individuals. My research combines my core knowledge in rhetoric and communication with gender and sexuality to analyze sites such as street-based sex work and gendered and sexualized violence. I design research projects, analyze policy, and explore intercultural and ideological frameworks of knowledge in order to understand how they impact and are co-created by individuals. My goal is to contribute my knowledge to a larger network, learn from others, and explore the difficult questions we must confront in order to decrease violence and create freedom of self-expression and knowledge.


Dr. Jill McCracken is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric; writing studies; sex work; and gender, sexuality, and feminist theory. Her research interests include the rhetoric of marginalized communities, in particular sex work & sex trafficking; public policy; gender; violence against girls and women; ethnography & participatory research methods; and civic engagement.

““Power Actualized: Accessing the Language of Healing from Gendered and Sexualized Violence” National Women’s Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 2014.

“What is Sexual Freedom in a Context of Violence?” Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Alexandria, VA. August 2014.

“Sex Work and the Law: The Lens of Anti-Criminalization and Anti-Policing.” Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Sex Work Institute. Alexandria, VA. August 14, 2014.

“Transforming Our Vision: Seeing Through Violence as a Catalyst for Change.” Diversity 2014: Embracing Our Changing Community Conference. Keynote Speaker. July 25, 2014.