Joonna Smitherman Trapp, Senior Lecturer

Primary Office: Callaway N207A
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Office Phone: 404-727-6254

At Emory Since: 2013



Ph.D., Texas Christian University


Director of Writing Across Emory


Joonna Trapp

Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, Joonna Smitherman Trapp served two years in the Emory College Writing Program and was previously a tenured Associate Professor of English at Northwestern College; Associate Professor and Chair of English and Foreign Language at Waynesburg University; and Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at King University. Trapp’s primary research lies in the intersections between literature and rhetoric in American studies as well as in teaching and learning. She also directs the WAC initiatives for Emory College in the Writing Across Emory program.


Selected Essays in Books: 

“The Southern Junior Lyceum Movement: Living Like a Band of Brothers.”  Contest(ed) Writing: Reconceptualizing Literary Competitions.  Mary Lamb, Ed.  Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2012.

“Mentor as Method: Faculty Mentor Roles and Undergraduate Scholarship.” Co-written with David Elder.  Undergraduate Research in English Studies. Grobman, Laurie and Joyce Kinkead, Eds.  Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2010.

“The Guises of Martin Guerre:  Using History and Film to Teach Argument.”  The Humanities and the Visual Media: Pedagogical Approaches. University of Tennessee Press: 2004.

Selected Essays in Journals:

Trapp, Joonna, Paul Puccio, Keith Dorwick, and Bob Mayberry. “Remembering Ghosts, and the Rhetoric of Collaboration: A Play and Text for Teachers and Writers.” College Composition and Communication Online.   January 2012.

“The Brutal Politics of Desire: Derek Jarman’s Edward II.” Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies. May 2000.

 “The Image of the Vampire in the Struggle for Societal Power: Dan Simmons' Children of the Night.” The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 10.2 (1999):

Professional Editing:

The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Co-edited with Bradley Peters. 16 (Winter 2011) – 23 (Winter 2018).

Current Projects:

Book on the Lyceum movement in the Old South; book on Harriet Beecher Stowe and religious rhetoric in her two slavery novels; an essay on rhetoric and faith.