Sara McKinnon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts. Having earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, she joined UW-Madison in 2010 from the University of New Mexico. Her work is largely focused on intercultural rhetoric, globalization/transnational studies, legal rhetoric, and transnational feminist theory. Her most recent book, published in 2016, is entitled Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics. She is currently at work on two projects, tentatively entitled, “Transgender Youth in Schools: An Exploration of Student, Parent and Staff Experiences” and “Violent Rhetoric: Constructions of Mexico in US Media and Politics.”