Department: Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Areas of expertise:

  • Rhetorics of Health and Medicine 
  • Feminist Rhetorics 
  • Digital Rhetorics 
  • Community/Public Rhetorics 

Lori Beth De Hertogh (doctorate, Washington State University) is a scholar of rhetorical studies, working at intersections between feminism, rhetorics of health and medicine, and community/public rhetorics. Dr. De Hertogh’s scholarship examines how online communities influence women’s healthcare experiences with pregnancy, fertility, and reproductive justice in community and public contexts. She also investigates social perceptions of type 2 diabetes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia through a university-to-community partnership with Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Business and Technical CommunicationComputers and CompositionEnculturationPeithoAda: A Journal of Gender, New Media, & Technology, and Composition Forum. Additional information about her scholarship and teaching is available at

Media contact: Eric Gorton,

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