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RHETORIC & WRITING GRADUATE FACULTY

                                   
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Kristin Arola
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
arola@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Rhetoric, American Indian Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition

            April Baker-Bell
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
adbell@msu.edu

Research Areas: Black Language & Literacies; Culturally Responsible & Sustaining Pedagogy; English (Teacher) Education; critically conscious research  
                                   
 

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Stuart Blythe
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Graduate Faculty
blythes@msu.edu

Research Areas: administration and curriculum; theories of learning; rhetoric, science, and technology 
            Nancy C. DeJoy
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
dejoy@msu.edu


Research Areas: Writing Pedagogy, Women’s Studies, Environmental/Nature Writing, Travel Writing; Poetry, Public Art
                                   
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Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Professor, Associate Chair
Director of the Graduate Program
Graduate Faculty
devossda@msu.edu


Research Areas: Computer/technological literacies; digital-visual rhetorics; social and cultural entrepreneurship; innovation and creativity; and intellectual property issues in digital space

           

Steven Fraiberg
Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty
sfraibe2@gmail.com


Research Areas: Globalization in Higher Education and Workplaces, Startup Entrepreneurs and Innovation Systems, Composition Studies, Multi-Translingualism

                                   
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Jeff Grabill
Professor
Graduate Faculty
grabill@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional and Technical Writing; Community Literacy; Informal Learning; Rhetorical Theory    
            Bump Halbritter
Associate Professor
Director of First Year Writing
Graduate Faculty
drbump@msu.edu

Research Areas: audio-visual media in research, audio-visual rhetoric, literacy, writing pedagogy   
                                   
 

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William Hart-Davidson
Associate Professor

Associate Dean of Graduate Education
Graduate Faculty
hartdav2@msu.edu


Research Areas: Digital Humanities, Experience Architecture, Technical Writing, Computational Rhetoric
            Alexandra Hidalgo
Assistant Professor
Documentary Production Minor Core Faculty
Graduate Faculty
hidalgo5@msu.edu


Research Areas: Film and Video Production, Documentary, Memoir, Cultural Rhetorics, Feminism, Immigration, Social Media, Digital Spaces and Publication 

                                   
 

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Laura Julier
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
julier@msu.edu

Research Areas: Literary/creative nonfiction, editing and publishing, community service learning

            Elizabeth LaPensée
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
odamino@msu.edu

Research Areas: Indigenous Studies, Game Studies, Game Development, Comics
                                   
 

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Ben Lauren
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
blauren@msu.edu

Research Areas: User Experience, Professional and Technical Communication, Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Critical Management Studies, Service Design, Sound Studies
            Marohang Limbu
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
limbu@msu.edu

Research Areas: Kirat rhetorics, global indigenous rhetorics, cross-cultural/intercultural/inter-epistemic rhetorics, cloud- and crowd pedagogies
                                   
 

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Julie Lindquist
Professor
Graduate Faculty
lindqu11@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, literacy, qualitative methods, wriitng pedagogy 
            John Monberg
Academic Specialist
Graduate Faculty
jmonberg@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, digital rhetoric, public deliberation
                                   
 

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Dawn Opel
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
opeldawn@msu.edu

Research Areas: Rhetoric of health and medicine, experience architecture, community literacy, technical and professional writing, feminist and activist research methodologies
            Liza Potts
Associate Professor
Director of WIDE Research
Graduate Faculty
lpotts@msu.edu

Research Areas: Experience Architecture, Participatory Memory, Digital Rhetoric, Disaster Studies, Fan Studies 
                                   
 

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Malea Powell
Professor, Department Chair
American Indian Studies Program
Graduate Faculty
powell37@msu.edu

Research Areas: Indigenous rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, rhetorical theory, rhetoric history, decolonial rhetorics, digital publishing, diverse & inclusive curriculum design, administrative work as intellectual practice, leadership development  
            Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor
Director, CEDAR
Graduate Faculty
jrhodes@msu.edu

Research Areas: Multimodality, digital rhetorics, feminist/queer rhetorics 
                                   
 

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Michael Ristich
Academic Specialist
Graduate Faculty
ristich@msu.edu

Research Areas: Rhetorical Theory, Critical Theory, Pedagogy, Radical Politics

           

Jonathan Ritz
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
ritz@msu.edu

Research Areas: Creative nonfiction, video essay, peace and justice studies 

     

 

                           
 

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Trixie Smith
Director of The Writing Center
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
smit1254@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Queer Rhetorics, Pedagogy, Embodiment, Community Composing 

             
                                   
                                   
                               

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Dianna Baldwin 
Assistant Professor

Associate Director of the Writing Center
baldw145@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Cultural Rhetorics, Comics

        Tamara Butler
Assistant Professor
Department of English
African American and African Studies
tbutler@msu.edu 
 
                           
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    Joseph Cheatle
Associate Director of the Writing Center
cheatlej@msu.edu

 Research Areas: Writing Center Studies, Digital Composition, and Writing Program Administration

          Mary Juzwik
Professor
English and Teacher Education
mmjuzwik@msu.edu
    
 
                           
     

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     Dylan Miner
Associate Professor
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Director of the American Indian Studies Program
dminer@msu.edu
      Dean Rehberger
Director of MATRIX

Interim Chair of Sociology
Associate Professor in Department of History
rehberge@msu.edu
 
                           
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      Scott Schopieray
Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology
MSU College of Arts and Letters
schopie1@msu.edu

Areas of specialization: online teaching and learning, technology integration into organizations, and faculty development 
     

Dave Sheridan
Associate Professor
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

sherid16@msu.edu

  
     
                           
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J. Estrella Torrez 
Associate Professor

torrezjs@msu.edu

Research Areas: community literacy, critical pedagogy, indigenous rhetorics, Latina rhetorics