Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture
6067 Vilas Hall
Kendra is an MA student at UW-Madison. As a graduate student, Kendra is interested in rhetorics of science and medicine in conversation with rhetorical histories around race and power. Specifically, how the racialized medicalization of Black people has both come to be and is fundamentally embedded within scientific communities’ writ large. She holds a B.A in Rhetoric Studies from Whitman College. While at Whitman, she received the Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism which facilitated extensive archival research at the national archive for her thesis project: “Dissecting Discourses of Objectivity: Covert Medicine, Institutional Distrust, and Dehumanization of the Black Body Through The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male to Today.” Prior to graduate school, Kendra spent a year as a research assistant for a social impact consulting firm based out of Seattle, WA and two years in the social work department of rural hospital in Eastern Washington both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.