Mary Jo Wiatrak-Uhlenkott

My interests are at the intersection of rhetoric, law, and feminism. As a PhD student I examine history and policy of the "female offender." As a teacher I work to help students understand writing as a social and political act. As a lawyer and activist I am concerned about social and economic justice.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2014 Expected.
  • Juris Doctor: Dean's Scholar, University of St. Thomas School of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2004.
  • Summer Institute : Research Society of America, Boulder, Colorado , 2011.
  • Certificate: Active Learning Classroom, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2013 .

Specialties

  • law and society, rhetoric of rights, feminist criminology and criminal justice
Courses Taught
  • Rhet 1201
  • Writ 1301 for Multilingual Students
  • GWSS 3203w TA
  • Social Theory TA
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Law and Society Association:
  • State Bar Association:

Outreach

  • Minnesota Judicial Branch: Committee on Equality and Justice, 2010 - Present
Publications
  • Compelling Confessions: The Politics of Personal Disclosure: Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, Journal of Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 2013.
  • Rhetorical Strategies and Genre Conventions: Teaching and Writing in the Disciplines. Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, Journal of Technical Writing and Conmmunication, Author, 2013.
  • Social History of Crime in Minnesota: Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, Sage Publications, Social History of Crime and Punishment, 2012.
  • The Critical Legal Studies Movement. Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, Author, 2012.
  • Legal History of Colorado: GLBTQ Issues: Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, ProudHeritage, Issues in GLBTQ Legal History, 2014 .
  • Race Disparity and Child Protection : Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, Schollmeier, B. , Minnesota Justice Foundation, Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice, 2004.
  • Working with Battered Women Defendants: Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Mary Jo, DAP, Minnesota Domestic Abuse Project, 2000.
Awards
  • Dean's Scholar, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2001 - 2004
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, 2008
  • Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice, Applied Research Partnership, 2004
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing Grant