Ethnic and Third World Literature
Ethnic and Third World Literature

Connie Steel

Department of English

Assistant Director, Department of Rhetoric and Writing
Connie Steel


  • Office: PAR 3
  • Office Hours: M 10-2; W 10-12; Alternating Tues/Thurs 10-11; and by appointment


Connie Steel's research focuses on identity and the ethics of representation.  Her dissertation investigates the relationship between genre, media and the regulation of rhetoric in a series of case studies on epitaphs and memorials.  The project pays particular attention to the public display of identity, the making of public memory, the development of rights narratives, and the representation of the deceased in the long 18th century.


  • The Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2011
  • Dorothy and John B. Pope Excellence Fund, Mentor/Mentee conference travel grant, 2011
  • Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
  • Social Science Research Council, Pre-Dissertation Development Fellow, Summer 2009, Cultures and Histories of the Human Sciences, “Who Put the 'Human' in 'Human Rights'? The Meeting of Rhetoric, Philosophy and Psychology in the 18th Century”  Professional Development Scholarship, University of Texas, Department of English, 2009


Connie Steel on The Anatomy of Blackness.The E3W Review of Books. Vol. 12 (Spring 2012).


“Campus Crisis, Kairos and the Identification of Colton Tooley” for the 8th Annual GRACLS Conference “Reflections:  Identity After Crisis,” University of Texas at Austin, 2011.

“Motorcycle Rhetoric:  Anatomy of the Escape Scene” for the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, San Antonio, TX, April 2011.

“Un-Lockeing the Age of Paine:  Moral Sentiment, Human Rights and the Rights of Man” for the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Biennial Conference at McGill University, July 2009.

“Outside the Polis:  A Classical Interrogation of Guantánamo Bay,” for Human Rights at the University of Texas: A Dialogue at the Intersection of Academics and Advocacy, Rapaport Center for Human Rights, University of Texas, March 2009. 

“Heterophobic Panic:  A Soft Bordered Approach to Pride and Prejudice,” International Conference of Narrative, May 2008.

“More than Just Paine:  A Fresh Look at the Genealogy of Human Rights Rhetoric” for Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution, University of Texas at Austin, May 2008.


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