Deborah Harris

Continuing Lecturer

Office Hours

Winter 2020 - please email for appointment

Office Location

Girvetz 1310


Deborah Harris is a Continuing Lecturer in the Writing Program and teaches a wide variety of classes (lower-division, upper-division, and graduate levels) ranging from science writing to writing in the humanities. Her book, Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss, and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2014) explores the transformation imperatives advertised by the media, especially in the West. Her research interests include medical rhetoric, body rhetoric, popular culture, and composition.  


Before joining the UCSB Writing Program in 2011, Deborah Harris-Moore taught lower- and upper-division writing classes at the University of Arizona, where she earned her PhD, and at Loyola Marymount University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her book, Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection (Ashgate/Routledge 2014), explores the rhetorical pressure on individuals in Western cultures to modify their bodies through weight loss and cosmetic surgery. Her broader research interests and areas of publication include medical rhetoric, disability studies, materialist rhetoric, feminist studies, and writing studies. 



Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection: Cosmetic Surgery, Weight Loss and Beauty in Popular Culture. London: Ashgate Publishing, Jan 2014. Print.

Peer Reviewed Journal

“First, Do No Harm: Teaching Writing in the Wake of Traumatic Events.” Composition Forum. Co-Authored with Sarah Debacher, University of New Orleans. Accepted, Pending Publication.

“From Body Composition to Body Revision: The Student Body in Composition Classrooms.” Rocky Mountain Review 65.2 (Fall 2011): 168-187.  Print.

Chapter in Scholarly Book

Instructors as Surveyors, Students as Criminals: Turn It In and the Culture of Suspicion.” Critical Conversations about Plagiarism. Eds. Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler, Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Morse, Joanna Castner. Andersen, SC: Parlor Press, 2013.


"Love Through a Net." A Review of the Film The Lobster. Souciant Magazine. July 2016. Web. 

“Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era by Beatriz Preciado.” MAKE Literary Magazine. September 2014. Web.

Beyond Words: Illness and the Limits of Expression: An Examination of Illness Narratives by Kathlyn Conway.” MAKE Literary Magazine. Issue 15: Misfits. August 2014. Print.