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Professor and Coordinator of the Medical Humanities Minor
Year Started at JMU: 2004
Contact Info


Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Graduate Certificate, Higher Education Assessment Specialist, James Madison University

M.S., Technical Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M.A., Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona

B.A., Biology and Creative Writing, University of Arizona

Professional Focuses

The representation of science and technology in popular culture; health humanities, narrative medicine, and graphic medicine; and the professional communication pedagogy.

He performs research in the relationship between popular culture and science and technology, narrative in medicine, rhetorics of health and medicine, and archives and cultural memory.


Klein, Michael J., and Lisa DeTora. “Introduction. The Rhetoric of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Health Literacy and Disease Knowledge.” COVID Communication: Exploring Pandemic Discourse, edited by Douglas Vakoch, John C. Pollock, and Amanda Caleb, Springer, 2023 (forthcoming). doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-27665-1_1

Klein, Michael J. “Cross-Disciplinary Vaccine Education through a Campus-Community Partnership.” Composing Health Literacies: Undergraduate Writing Courses, Programs, and Extensions, edited by Michael Madson, Routledge, 2023, pp. 89-102. doi:10.4324/9781003316770-7

DeTora, Lisa, Michael J. Klein, and John C. Pollock. "Introduction. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Media: Issues and Opportunities." COVID-19 in International Media: Global Pandemic Perspectives, edited by John C. Pollock and Douglas Vakock, Routledge, 2021, pp. 1-19.

Chiu, Katherine A., Dayna S. Henry, and Michael J. Klein. "Provision of Advanced Care Planning Information by Public Institutions of Higher Education in the U.S." American Journal of Health Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2021. doi:10.47779/ajhs.2021.637. 

Frana, Philip and Michael J. Klein (eds.). Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence: The Past, Present, and Future of AI. ABC-CLIO, 2021. 

Klein, Michael J. (ed.). Effective Teaching of Technical Communication: Theory, Practice and Application. WAC Clearinghouse/U. Press of Colorado, 2021. doi:10.37514/TPC-B.2021.1121 

Klein, Michael J. "Body Talk: A Cross-Disciplinary Course on Embodiment and Graphic Memoir." Graphic Embodiments: Perspectives on Health and Embodiment in Graphic Narratives, edited by Lisa De Tora and Jodi Cressman, U. of Leuven Press, 2021, pp. 75-86.

“Invention Questions for Intercultural Understanding: Situating Regulatory Medical Narratives as Narrative Forms.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, vol. 50, no. 2, 2020. With Lisa DeTora.

“Embracing the Messy Business of Learning: Serving Multiple Stakeholders in a Technical Communication Internship.” Present Tense vol. 3, no. 2, 2014, presenttensejournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/MessyBusiness.pdf.  

"'Hey Sammy, We’re not in Kansas Anymore': The Frontier Motif inSupernatural" with Kristi Shackelford. Undead in the West. Eds. Cynthia Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012: 19-31.

"Modern Myths: Science Fiction in the Age of Technology." Frontiers of Cyberspace. Ed. Daniel Riha. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012: 259-83.

"Beyond Black on White: Combining Document Design with MLA Style in the Writing Classroom" with Kristi Shackelford. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, volume 2. Eds. Charlie Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2011: 333-49.

"Incorporating Science Fiction Into A Scientific Rhetoric Course." Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading, and Teaching the Genre. Eds. Karen Hellekson, Craig Jacobsen, Patrick Sharp, and Lisa Yaszek. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010. 24-36.

"Beholding the Uncanny: Replicants, Cyborgs and Clones in SF."Humanity in Cybernetic Environments. Ed. Daniel Riha. Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009. 137-145.

"Reconsidering the Lay-Expert Audience Divide." Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business PracticesEds. Kirk St. Amant and Pavel Zemliansky. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2008. 692-701.

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