Kelsey Harr-Lagin is a Lecturer in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University. She primarily teaching Public Speaking and Human Communication courses and serves as the faculty advisor to KSU’s speech and debate team, the Jack Haley Forensics Forum.
Kelsey earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. Her B.A. is in Sociology with emphases in Communication and Women’s Studies. Her M.A. is in Communication with emphases in Performance Studies, Rhetoric, and Gender. As an undergraduate student, Kelsey competed as a member of UNI’s policy debate team. She was a two-time winner of the R. Forrest Conklin Debater of the Year award and was named a Cross Examination Debate Association All-American Debater.
Kelsey’s research interests focus on the rhetoric of social protest, argumentation, competitive forensics (speech and debate), pedagogy, and feminist theory. She recently coauthored a book chapter that develops a theory of social protest to explain how protest functions when directed at targets other than the government. In 2014, she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award from the National Society of Leadership and Success and was invited to deliver the keynote address at the SPSU chapter’s induction ceremony.