Dr. Danielle Koepke

Danielle Koepke
Dr. Danielle KoepkeMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 245

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3020

Teaching Assistant Professor


As a community-engaged researcher and writer, I seek ways to utilize my skills, resources, and areas of expertise to support local community initiatives for reproductive justice. My research interests include the rhetorics of reproductive justice, feminist and queer studies, and cultural rhetorics. In my research and writing, I focus on the development of research practices that nurture more ethical and careful engagement with marginalized stories of reproductive [in]justice so that the embodied experiences of storytellers are valued and honored. This is especially important for projects being shared in digital spaces. One ongoing public project I’ve partnered on, Cuentos de Confianza: A Community Writing Project for Reproductive Justice, highlights the experiences of reproductive justice written by a group of local Latinx health promoters (promotores de salud). Part of larger coalitional work, Cuentos de Confianza is a collaborative and bilingual (Spanish-English) digital storytelling project with a primary use of supplementing the sexual and reproductive health education that the health promoters do in their communities.

As a teacher, I seek to draw inspiration from my community-engaged work and see each class as its own micro-community. I encourage students to not only build skills necessary for reading, writing, and research, but to also build skills necessary for living in community with others: respecting new or different perspectives, fostering a caring community atmosphere, actively responding to social problems, and ethically engaging with the world around them.


  • Ph.D., Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Women and Gender Studies Certificate | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A., Rhetoric and Composition Studies | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A., Writing Intensive English | Marquette University 

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • Business Writing
  • Public Writing for Social Action
  • Health Science Writing

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of health and medicine
  • Digital rhetorics and design justice
  • Technical and professional communication
  • Feminist and queer studies
  • Reproductive justice


  • Koepke, D. & Perleberg, K. (2022). Guidance for humanities researchers in a post-Roe world: A panel discussion.” Thinking C21, a Center For 21st Century Studies blog. https://www.c21uwm.com/2022/12/07/guidance-for-humanities-researchers-in-a-post-roe-world-a-panel-discussion/.
  • Bloom-Pojar, R. & Koepke, D. (Forthcoming). Creating confianza and caring for stories in digital spaces. Rhetorica in Motion, second edition, edited by E. E. Schell, K.J. Rawson, A. Long, C. J. Jewell, S. Turner, and G. Wilson.
  • Frandsen, G., Koepke, D., & Novotny, M. (Forthcoming). Constellating care: Fostering relationality to support the emotional labor of dissertation research. Radical Transparency: Perspectives on Graduate Education in Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Koepke, D., & Frandsen, G. (Forthcoming). A feminist lens of care for GTA parents: Creating toolkits for collective survival.” Parenting While PhDing: Surviving and Improving the Working Conditions of Graduate Student Parents.
  • Jianfen, C. & Koepke, D., Eds (2021). The role of empathy in and after the pandemic. Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, Blog carnival 18.
  • Novotny, M., Edwards, C., Frandsen, G., Koepke, D., Marcum, J., Smith, C., Sommers, A., & Williams, M. (2021). Constellating community engagement in a cultural rhetorics seminar. Composition Studies, 49, 103-118. https://compositionstudiesjournal.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/novotny.pdf
  • Novotny, M., Daughtry, D., Pawlyshyn Fitch, W., Frandsen, G., Kilb, S., Koepke, D., Hayward Marcum, J., Perleberg, K., Rahman, M. A., Reavey, A., Rodriguez, J., Sekhon, G. S., Smith, C., Sommers, A., Williams, M., & Zorea, E. (2021). Social justice in technical and professional communication: An annotated bibliography Collaborative and open-access bibliography.

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2024

  • TuTh 12:15-1:45

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2024

  • 1001/119 TuTh 9:30-10:45 O'Brien Hall 436B
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/120 TuTh 8:00-9:15 O'Brien Hall 436B
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/121 TuTh 11:00-12:15 O'Brien Hall 436B
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 2956H/901 TuTh 2:00-3:15 O'Brien Hall 150A
    • Honors Engaging Social Systems

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