Dr. Marohang Limbu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, first came to Michigan State University in 2010. Originally from Nepal, Professor Limbu happily calls East Lansing and MSU home.
After earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nepal, Dr. Limbu came to the United States to pursue a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University. He later earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he åalso served as a teaching assistant for several different courses. Upon completing his doctorate he left his southwestern academic roots behind to accept a teaching position here in the Midwest at Michigan State.
In the WRAC department, Professor Limbu teaches first-year writing courses WRA 101 [Writing as Inquiry] and AL 110 [Writing and Civic Life], a course for first-year students in the College of Arts and Letters new Citizen Scholars program. During the summer he teaches an online course, IAH 211B [South Asia Culture, Music, Visual Art, and Philosophy], and he will teach a graduate special topics course called “Global Indigenous Rhetoric.” In all these courses Professor Limbu hopes to teach MSU students about what he calls the “indigenous narrative” and expose them to global cultures they may not know much about. “I can introduce so many things from [the Southeast Asian] part of the world to my students,” he notes.
Outside of the classroom, several of Professor Limbu’s current research projects also focus on global pedagogies. One particular area of interest are the ways technology can be utilized to support and circulate knowledge worldwide. He is also extremely interested in cross-cultural composition and the ways students can grow as writers by learning about other cultures and perspectives. He is the co-editor of three books: "Emerging Pedagogies in the Networked Knowledge Society: Practices Integrating Social Media and Globalization" (2013); "Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies: Communication Modes and Digital Practices in the Networked World" (2014); and "Integration of Cloud Technologies in Digitally Networked Classrooms and Learning Communities" (2016).
He is also the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Global Literacies, Emerging Pedagogies, and Technologies, a peer-reviewed journal that aims to explore the ways teaching and technology interact in a global context. Dr. Limbu says the journal is especially focused on giving a space to minority voices within academia and fostering conversations across political borders. While most of the journal’s readers are faculty and graduate students, he also hopes to make it more accessible to undergraduates in the future.
Dr. Limbu has come to feel at home in WRAC, a place he says ignites new ideas and sparks new questions for him to pursue while also providing support for him to delve deeper into his varied teaching and research interests. “This is a place of innovation and opportunity, and it is very multicultural—it’s the complete package,” he says.
Written by Sophie Schmidt