Genoa Shepley


Genoa Shepley has been teaching in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric since 2008. Among the courses she has offered are Writing Disaster: The Ethics of Representation, Writing Culture, Writing Public Relations, Writing to Inform and Explain, and Introduction to Research 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.
  • Writing studies pedagogy


  • 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

West-Puckett, Stephanie, and Genoa Shepley. “Radical Museology/Radical Pedagogy: Curating Beyond Boundaries.” Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics (spring 2020).

West-Puckett, Stephanie, Genoa Shepley, and J. Gray. “Hacking Fake News: Tools and Technologies for Ethical Praxis.” In Teaching Critical Reading and Writing in the Era of Fake News. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2020.

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.