Vanessa Osborne

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office JEF 150 Office Phone (213) 740-1980


Vanessa Osborne is an Assistant Professor in The Writing Program at the University of Southern California.  She has also been affiliated with USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity and the General Education Program.  She currently also serves as the Writing Faculty member for USC’s Geographic Information and Spatial Sciences Institute.  Her areas of interest include celebrity,food studies,  media culture, twentieth-century American literature, composition pedagogy and visual rhetoric. 


  • Ph.D. American Literature, University of California, Irvine, 9/2007
  • M.A. English, UC Irvine, 2002
  • B.A. English, UCLA, 6/1996
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Assistant Professor (Teaching), USC, 2019-2020
    • Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2008-08-2019-08
    • (Spring 2023) FSEM 100. Freshman Seminar, W 02:00pm – 03:50pm, WPH107
  • Book Chapters

    • Osborne, V. G. (2011). Marx on the Mountain: Pleasure and the Laboring Body in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. The Brokeback Book Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
    • Osborne, V. G. “”The Logic of the Mannequin: Shop Windows and the Realist Novel”. The Places and Spaces of Fashion, 1800-2007 London: Routledge, 2008.186-199

    Book Review

    • Osborne, V. G. (2017). Review of The Slow Professor. Currents in Teaching and Learning.

    Journal Article

    • Osborne, V. G. (2016). The Pregnant Body and Utopian Social Organization in Meridel Le Sueur’s The Girl. Tusla Studies in Women’s Literature. Vol. 35 (2)
  • Review Panels

    • Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Peer Reviewer, 2016 –
    • Undergraduate Writing Contest, Contest Judge, 2015 – 2016

    Other Service to the University

    • Undergraduate Writing Conference Panel Moderator, 2014 – 2017