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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
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ALUMNI DISSERTATIONS

2017

Ronisha Browdy, Naming ourselves for ourselves: Black women theorizing their identities as everyday rhetorical practice. (Powell, Chair; Baker-Bell, Epps-Robertson, Troutman)

John Gagnon, New ways of seeing: Survivor rhetoric and (re)writing stories of human trafficking. (Powell, Chair; Blythe, Hart-Davidson, T. Smith)

Lami-Awa Fofana, Uncommon standard American English accents, like bodies, still matter: Stories of non-native English speaking writing instructors. (Powell, Chair; Epps-Robertson, Hidalgo, T. Smith)

Maria Novotny, The ART of infertility: A community project rhetorically conceiving failed fertilty. (T. Smith, Chair; Lindquist, Powell, DeVoss, Blythe)

2016

Matt Gomes, Decolonizing writing program assessment: Student contributions to knowledge about first-year writing placement at Michigan State. (Grabill, Chair; Blythe, Lindquist, Powell)
 
Laura Gonzales, Sites of translation: What multilinguals can teach us about writing, rhetoric, and technology. (Potts, Chair; Blythe, Fraiberg, Hidalgo)

Shenika Hankerson, "You must learn": A critical language awareness approach towriting instruction for African American language-speaking students in composition courses. (Hart-Davidson and Smitherman, Chairs; Kirkland, Paris)
 
Casey Miles, The queer critical research and video editing practices of the Gender Project: Consent, collaboration, and multimodality. (T. Smith, Chair; Grabill, T. Monberg, Halbritter)
 
Esther Milu, "Hatucheki Na Watu": Kenyan hip-hop artists' theories of multilingualism, identity and decoloniality. (T. Smith, Chair; Epps-Robertson, Lindquist, Paris, Powell)

2015 

Beth Keller, Inventing situated mentoring: A feminist rhetorical analysis of workplace culture. (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Powell, T. Smith, Devoss) 

Katie Livingston, The queer art & rhetoric of consent: Theories, practices, pedagogies. (Julier, Chair; Lindquist, T. Monberg, T. Smith) 

Katie Manthey, Fa(t)shion rhetorics: Building a body positive methodology. (T. Smith, Chair; Powell, DevossWinge) 

2014 

April Baker-Bell, "Stop killing my vibe": A critical language pedagogy for speakers of African American Language. (Kirkland, Chair; Troutman, Smitherman, Paris, Juzwik) 

Lehua Ledbetter, The business of feminism: Rhetorics of identity in Youtube's beauty community. (Grabill, Chair; Powell, Blythe, Hart-Davidson) 

Joshua SauvieCollege writing teachers' perception of digital literacy and technology related professional development. (DeVoss, Chair; Epps-Robertson, Juzwik, Lindquist, Wilson, Grabill) 

Ann Lawrence, Genres of Experience: Three articles on literacy narratives and academic research writing. (Lindquist, Chair; Cushman, DeJoyFendlerGrabill) 

2013 

Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Crafting place: Rhetorical practices of the everyday. (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Hart-Davidson, T. Smith) 

Elena Goodwin Garcia, Writing on the factory floor. (DeVoss, Chair; Lindquist, Rehberg, T. Smith) 

Madhu Narayan, Writing the archives: Context, materiality, identity.  (Powell, Chair; T. MonbergRehberger, T. Smith) 

Julie (Platt) Alexander, Poetic composition in a digital age. (DeVoss, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Powell, Rehberger) 

Donnie Sackey, The curious case of the Asian carp spatial performances and the making of an invasive species. (Hart-Davidson, Chair; J. Monberg, Powell, Rehberger) 

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, The rhetorical making of the Asian/Asian American face: Reading and writing Asian eyelids.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Powell, GrabillRehberger) 

2012 

Phill Alexander, Individual copycats: mMtics, identity and collaboration in the “World of Warcraft” . (DeVoss, Chair; Grabill, Hart-Davidson, Powell) 

Shreelina Ghosh, Dancing without bodies: Pedagogy and performance in digital spaces. (Cushman, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Powell, Rehberger) 

Daisy Levy, This book called my body: An embodied rhetoric.  (Powell, Chair; Lindquist, Rehberger, T. Smith) 

Les Loncharich, Visual composition in everyday life. (DeVoss, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Cushman, J. Monberg) 

Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, “Theory begins with a story, too”: Listening to the lived experiences of American Indian women. (Powell, Chair; Lee, T. Smith, Howard) 

Sue Webb, The inquiry practices of nonfiction writers.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Grabill, Powell, L. Smith) 

Travis Webster, What ex-exgays can teach us about gay, lesbian, and queer rhetorics.  (T. Smith, Chair;  Grabill, Lindquist, Powell) 

2011 

Guiseppe Getto, Toward a rhetoric of infrastructure: Doing new media writing with communities.  (Grabill, Chair; Halbritter, Lindquist, Rehberger) 

Stacey Pigg, Embodied rhetoric in scenes of production: The case of the coffeehouse.  (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Hart-Davidson, J. Monberg) 

Doug Walls, The “human” network: Digital, professional, and cultural access enacted.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; DeVossGrabill, Powell) 

Mary Wendt, Institutionalization of digital literacies in four-year Liberal Arts institutions.  (Blythe, Chair; DeJoyHalbritter, Hart-Davidson) 

Jessica Rivait, Assembling local publics in the digital age.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Blythe, J. Monberg, Sheridan) 

2010 

Collin Craig, Da’ Art of Story Tellin’: Black masculine literacies and a rhetoric of self-making. (Powell, Chair; Ellis, Grabill, Lindquist) 

Kendall Leon, Building a Chicana rhetoric for Rhetoric and Composition: Methodology, practice, and performance.  (Powell, Chair; Cushman, Grabill, Lindquist, Ramirez-Dhoore) 

Staci Perryman-Clark, Back to the classroom: Afrocentricity and teacher-research in first-year writing.  (Grabill, Chair; T. Monberg, Powell, Smitherman) 

2009 

Andréa Davis, Media praxis: Reading cultural institutions. (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Lindquist, Rehberger) 

Michele Fero, Negotiating literacy: The implications of writing program reform in one university.  (Lindquist, Chair; GrabillJuzwik, Powell) 

Aimée Knight, A rhetoric of aesthetic engagement for the arts and humanities.  (DeVoss, Chair; Cushman, GeisslerGrabillTremonte) 

Dundee Lackey, Access, health, and literacy: On becoming an informed patient. (Grabill, Chair; Cushman, DeVoss, Lindquist) 

Jim Ridolfo, Practice and theory: A new approach to rhetorical delivery.  (Lindquist, Chair; Cushman, DeVoss, Hart-Davidson) 

Stephanie Sheffield, Peer response of digital and non-digital texts in a composition classroom. (Swenson, Chair; DeVoss, Sheridan, Wilson) 

2008 

Angela Haas, A rhetoric of alliance: What American Indians can tell us about digital and visual rhetoric. (Powell, Chair; DeVossGrabill, T. Monberg) 

Martine Rife, Rhetorical invention in copyright imbued environments. (Hart-Davidson, Chair; DeVossGrabillHalbritter) 

Stewart Whittemore, Writing memory: A study of memory tools in invention.  (Grabill, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Lindquist, Porter) 

2007 

Doug Eyman, Digital rhetoric: Ecologies and economies of digital circulation. (Porter, Chair; DeVossGrabill, Lindquist) 

2006 

Suzy Rumsey, Multimodal discourse and heritage literacy practices.  (Cushman, Chair; Lindquist, Powell, Wilson)