Bloom-Pojar, Rachel

Associate Professor
English - General

PhD, Rhetoric and Composition, University of Kansas
BA, English and Spanish, Creighton University

Research Interests: 

My research interests include community literacies, rhetorics of health, feminist ethnographic research, language access, and reproductive justice. I am currently working on a project with promotores de salud (health promoters) who work with reproductive and sexual health education in Wisconsin. During the 2020-2021 academic year, I'll be in residency at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to advance this research as a Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellow in their community education department with the promotores de salud program.

Selected Publications:

Bloom-Pojar, Rachel and Danielle DeVasto. (2019). “Visualizing Translation Spaces for Cross-Cultural Health Communication.”  Present Tense, Vol 7, Issue 3. Special Issue on Contextualizing Care in Cultures: Perspectives on Cross-Cultural and International Health and Medical Communication, edited by Kirk St.Amant and Elizabeth L. Angeli.

Bloom-Pojar, Rachel, Anderson, Julia, & Storm Pilloff (2019). "Community-Based Writing with Latinx Rhetorics in Milwaukee." Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric 18(2): 36-65.

Bloom-Pojar, Rachel. (2018). Translanguaging outside the Academy: Negotiating Rhetoric and Healthcare in the Spanish Caribbean. The National Council of Teachers of English: Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series. 

Gonzales, Laura and Rachel Bloom-Pojar (2018).​ “A Dialogue with Medical Interpreters about Rhetoric, Culture, and Language.” Rhetoric of Health and Medicine 1(1-2): 193-212.

Bloom-Pojar (2018). “Translingual Rhetorical Engagement in Transcultural Health Spaces.” Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. Eds. Lisa Meloncon and J. Blake Scott. New York: Routledge. 214-234. 

Bloom, Rachel. (2014). “Negotiating Language in Transnational Health Care: Exploring Translingual Literacy through Grounded Practical Theory.” Journal of Applied Communication Research 42(3): 268-284.