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Dr. Steven Kapica

  • Assistant Professor of English & Writing Program Director
Phone: (315) 279-5351

Academic Credentials

Northeastern University
Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University


Dr. Kapica is driven by a steadfast commitment to writing, teaching, and interrogating the world around him. In 2009, he walked away from a career as a community college administrator to pursue his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. Prior to joining the faculty at Keuka College, he was Director of Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in northern New Jersey.

As of fall 2019, it has been 20 years since Dr. Kapica taught his first “Freshman Composition” course and he has spent most of those two decades inventing and reinventing himself as a teacher of writing. He has never taught a course the same way twice. He tinkers and experiments because he is truly energized by the prospect of the new, of finding and developing new ways of teaching writing, rhetoric, literature, and popular culture. Dr. Kapica is also committed to keeping up with emergent technologies and using them as sites for engaged pedagogy. Most of all, though, he is dedicated to facilitating his students’ maturation as writers and thinkers.

Dr. Kapica’s interests are diverse, atypical, bizarre. What unites his work is a passion for cultural critique and a belief in the rhetorical nature of cultural and ideological boundaries. He is primarily motivated by a transdisciplinary commitment to rhetoric, composition, and the examination of cultural practices, specifically with regard to moments of transgression. Dr. Kapica has longstanding interests in feminisms, sexual iconography, and obscenity. He also dabbles in law and humanities scholarship—particularly jurisprudence and science fiction television. At present, he is exploring the intersection of stand-up comedy and rhetoric.

Selected Publications:

  • “‘Like A Realtor in Peoria’: Patton Oswalt, Twitter, and Heckling as Social Activism.” Studies in American Humor, vol. 6, no. 2, forthcoming.
  • “‘I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die’: George Carlin’s Comedic Catharsis.” The Dark Side of Stand-Up Comedy, edited by Eric Shouse and Patrice Oppliger, Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming.
  • “Phil Hartman” and “Marc Maron.” American Political Humor: Masters of Satire, edited by Jody Baumgartner, ABC-CLIO, 2019.
  • “‘What a Glorious Moment in Jurisprudence’: Rhetoric, Law, and Battlestar Galactica.” Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 12, no. 3, 2016, pp. 543-565.
  • “‘I Don't Feel Like A Copy’: Posthuman Legal Personhood and Caprica.” Griffith Law Review, vol. 23, no. 4, 2014, pp. 612-633.
  • “The Multivalent Feminism of The Notorious Bettie Page.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 55, 2013.

Selected Presentations:

  • Memory, Performance, Disaster: George Carlin’s “I Kinda Like it When a Lotta People Die.” American Literature Association 30th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 23 May 2019.
  • Bunny Yeager and the Visual Rhetoric of Postwar Pin-Ups. 18th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), Minneapolis, MN, 1 June 2018.
  • “Like A Realtor in Peoria”: Patton Oswalt, Twitter, and Heckling as Social Activism. Panel: Humor and Satire in Online Formats/ on Social Media (Allied Organization: American Humor Studies Association). 2018 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, New York, NY, 5 January 2018.
  • “Betting On Black”: Comedic Intimacy and the Rhetorical Space of All Jokes Aside. Panel: Bringing Down the House: Re-Centering the Histories of Humor and Comedic Performance (Humor Studies Caucus). American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, 17 November 2016.
  • Special Session Panel (organizer and presider): “The Cultural and Rhetorical Work of Stand-Up Comedy.” 2016 MLA Annual Convention, Austin, TX, 7 January 2016.
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