Genoa Shepley

  • Lecturer, Assistant Director of First-Year Writing
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Phone: 401.874.5932
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Genoa Shepley has been teaching in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric since 2008. Among the courses she has offered are Writing Culture, Writing Public Relations, Writing to Inform and Explain, and Introduction to Research Writing. She currently serves as assistant director of First Year Writing.

A professional writer/editor/communications specialist for more than thirty years, she has worked in such diverse fields as organizational development, communications, philanthropy, and publishing. She served, for example, as director of communications for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and director of publications for the California College of the Arts. Her clients have included The Nature Conservancy; Little, Brown and Company; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and AT&T.


The rhetoric of text and image in nineteenth-century representations of disaster and the nexus of technology, metaphysics, and trauma in this period.


  • M.A., History (interdisciplinary study of American cultural history), University of Arizona, 2008
  • MFA, Writing, Warren Wilson College, 1999
  • B.A., English with an emphasis on writing, Pomona College, 1982

Selected Publications

Shepley, Genoa. “By Which Melancholy Occurrence: The Disaster Prints of Nathaniel Currier, 1835–1840.” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 1, no. 2 (fall 2015).

Von Euw, Jack, and Genoa Shepley. Drawn West: Selections from the Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western Art and Americana from the Bancroft Library. Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2004.

Shepley, Genoa. “What We Call Faith.” Zyzzyva 16, no. 1 (spring 2000): 135.