Prof Mary L Schuster

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Affiliations

Mary Lay Schuster (Professor) (Ph.D., English, University of New Mexico) studies the intersection of the law, science, and rhetoric. In the past, she has focused on direct-entry midwives and their attempts to become licensed professionals. Her current project involves interviewing judges to determine how they weigh victim impact statements in sentencing hearings involving domestic violence/sexual assault cases. She is also interviewing advocates who work with victims to determine how they advise victims and observing judges' verbal and nonverbal responses during sentencing when a victim offers a statement. Dr. Schuster is a Faculty Fellow in the Law School and has served also as a Deputy Director in the Office for Conflict Resolution.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English: American Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1975.
  • M.A.: English: American Literature, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1972.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Feminist Perspectives on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Gender and the Rhetoric of Science and Technology
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: The Body
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Body, Space, and Gender: Studies in Material Rhetoric
  • Feminist Topics in Rhetoric, Science, and Technology: Gender and the Body: Public Policies on Reproduction and Sexual Assault
  • Research Methods in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication
  • Publication Management
  • Seminar in Managerial Communications
Publications
  • Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom, University Press of New England (Northeastern University Press series on Gender, Crime, and Law, 2011).
  • “Understanding Genre Through the Lens of Advocacy: The Rhetorical Work of the Victim Impact Statement.“ With Amy Propen. Written Communication, 27 (2010): 3-35.
  • “Degrees of Emotion: Judicial Responses to Victim Impact Statements.“ With Amy Propen. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 1 (2010): 75-104.
  • “Making Academic Work Advocacy Work: Technologies of Power in the Public Arena.“ With Amy Propen. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, special issue on technical and business communication in the public sphere, 22.3 (July 2008): 299-329.
  • “A Different Place to Birth: A Material Rhetoric Analysis of Baby Haven, a Free-Standing Birth Center.“Women’s Studies in Communication 29.1 (Spring 2006): 1-38.
  • “Minnesota Direct Entry Midwives: Focusing on Families.“ In Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Professionalism. Ed. Robbie Davis-Floyd and Christine Barba Johnson. With Kerry Dixon (Twin Cities Direct-Entry Midwife). New York: Routledge Press, 2006. 261-88.
Awards
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2013 - 2014