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WRAC ADMINISTRATION

                         
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  Malea Powell 
Professor, Department Chair 
American Indian Studies Program
Graduate Faculty
powell37@msu.edu
  Dànielle Nicole DeVoss 
Professor, Associate Chair
Director of the Graduate Program
Graduate Faculty
devossda@msu.edu
 
                         
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  Stuart Blythe
Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Graduate Faculty
blythes@msu.edu
 

Bump Halbritter
Associate Professor
Director of First Year Writing
Graduate Faculty
drbump@msu.edu

 
                         
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  Joyce Meier
Assistant Director of First-Year Writing Program
meierjo@msu.edu
  Casey McArdle
Assistant Professor
Experience Architecture Program Liaison
cmcardle@msu.edu
 

WRAC FACULTY

                         
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  Denise Acevedo
Assistant Professor

acevedo@msu.edu


Research Areas: marginalized students; motivational rhetoric; faculty development
  Kristin Arola
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
arola@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Rhetoric, American Indian Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition
 
                         
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  Dianna Baldwin
Associate Director

Graduate Faculty
baldw145@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Cultural Rhetorics, Comics
      Catalina Bartlett
Assistant Professor

bartl142@msu.edu


Research Areas:
creative writing, Chicanx literatures, theories of the body
     
                 
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  Kate Birdsall
Assistant Professor

birdsal5@msu.edu

Research Areas: empathy, cultural rhetorics, digital publishing, creative writing pedagogy
   Lorelei Blackburn
Instructor

lorelei@msu.edu

Research Areas: Service Learning, Community Literacy, Pedagogy
 
                         
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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 
  Roger Bresnahan
Professor; Fulbright Program Advisor

bresnaha@msu.edu




Research Areas:
 Cultural Rhetorics
 
                         
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  Nancy Bunge
Professor

bunge@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing, American Literature
  Cheryl Caesar
Assistant Professor
caesarc@msu.edu

Research Areas: Community-engaged scholarship, translingual and transcultural pedagogies
 
                         
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  Joseph Cheatle
Associate Director of the Writing Center

Graduate Faculty
cheatlej@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Center Studies, Digital Composition, Writing Program Administration, Technical and Professional Communication, and Writing Across the Disciplines
   Johnson Cheu
Assistant Professor

cheu@msu.edu



Research Areas: Cultural studies, Disability Studies, Media Studies, Visual Rhetorics
 
                         
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   Jill McKay Chrobak
Assistant Professor
mckayji1@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, Hip Hop pedagogies, student-centered pedagogies
  Yuanfang Dai
Assistant Professor

daiyuanf@msu.edu

Research Areas:
 feminist philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy
 
                         
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  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
 

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 

 
                         
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  Kate Fedewa
Assistant Professor

fedewak3@msu.edu


Research Areas: Literacy and identity, game studies, history of rhetoric, student-centered pedagogy
  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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  Hillery Glasby
Assistant Professor

glasbyhi@msu.edu


Research Areas: Queer Rhetoric; Visual, Digital, and DIY/Craft Rhetorics; Queer and Feminist Pedagogies; Writing Center and Writing Program Administration  
  Jeff Grabill
Professor

Graduate Faculty
grabill@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional and Technical Writing; Community Literacy; Informal Learning; Rhetorical Theory 
 
                         
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  Kathy Hadley
Assistant Professor

hadleyk@msu.edu



Research Areas: Learner-centered teaching, Study Abroad, women in America
  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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  Kathryn Houghton
Academic Specialist

hought34@msu.edu
  Laura Julier
Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty
julier@msu.edu

Research Areas: Literary/creative nonfiction, editing and publishing, community service learning  
 
                         
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  Elizabeth LaPensée
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
odamino@msu.edu

Research Areas: Indigenous Studies, Game Studies, Game Development, Comics
  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  
 
                         
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  Xinqiang Li
Assistant Professor

xqli@msu.edu


Research Areas: Intercultural Rhetoric, Second Language Writing, Curriculum Design, Studies in Prose Style
  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
  Kathleen Livingston
Assistant Professor
living70@msu.edu


Research Areas: First-year Writing, Consent Education, Queer Feminist Rhetorics, Community-based Pedagogies & Methodologies, Nonfiction Writing  
 
                         
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  Casey McArdle
Assistant Professor
Experience Architecture Program Liaison
cmcardle@msu.edu

Research Areas: distance education; instructional design; experience architecture; rhetorical theory; professional and technical
 

 Sara McKinnon
Assistant Professor
mckin159@msu.edu



Research Areas: composition, creative nonfiction, first-year writing, gender studies

 
                         
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  Joyce Meier
Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program
meierjo@msu.edu

Research Areas: Translingualism and transcultural rhetorics, community writing, creative non-fiction
  Casey Miles
Assistant Professor
milescas@msu.edu


Research Areas:
 Queer rhetorics, multimodal composition, digital rhetoric, cultural rhetorics, digital video 
 
                         
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  John Monberg
Academic Specialist
Graduate Faculty
jmonberg@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, digital rhetoric, public deliberation
  Margaret Morris
Assistant Professor
msmorris@msu.edu


Research Areas: Collaboration, History of Rhetoric, Salon Movements, Editorial role/editing, Travel Writing, Photojournalism
 
                         
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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  
  Delores Byrum Rauscher
Instructor

rausche5@msu.edu



Research Areas: Teaching Higher Ed, Writing and Critical Reasoning  
 
                         
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    Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor

Director, CEDAR
Graduate Faculty
jrhodes@msu.edu

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

Michael Ristich
Academic Specialist
Graduate Faculty
ristich@msu.edu


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

 
                         
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Jonathan Ritz
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
ritz@msu.edu

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

   Matthew Rossi
Assistant Professor
mrossi@msu.edu


Research Areas: Maker Culture, Multiliteracies, Ecocriticism, Citizen Science, Creative Writing, Writing Center Administration, Comics
 
                         
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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  
   Clayton Tarr
Assistant Professor

tarrclay@msu.edu



Research Areas:
 British and American Literature, Composition and Rhetoric
 
                         
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  J. Estrella Torrez
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty
torrezjs@msu.edu

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

 Curtis VanDonkelaar
Assistant Professor

vandonkc@msu.edu


Research Areas: Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Midwestern Culture and Literature

 
                         
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    Xiqiao Wang
Assistant Professor
wangx14@msu.edu

Research Areas: Transnational literacy, digital literacy, translingual pedagogy, multimodal composition
 

    

 

PhD STUDENTS

                         
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Lauren Brentnell
ABD
brentnel@msu.edu

Research Areas: trauma studies, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetorics, collage making

 

Rebecca C. Conklin
conkli97@msu.edu


Research Areas: Feminist rhetorics, cultural-rhetorical pedagogy, translingualism, reflective writing/practice 

 
                         
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Elise Page Dixon
ABD
dixonel7@msu.edu

Research Areas: queer rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, multimodal and digital composition, cultural rhetorics 

 

Jerrice Donelson
jdonelso@umich.edu

Research Areas: Literacy, Community Engagement

 
                         
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Hannah Brady Espinoza
ABD
espino66@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, community-based research, American Indian Studies

 

Kate Firestone
firest16@msu.edu


Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Asian American Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics, Visual Rhetorics, Queer Rhetorics, Feminist Rhetorics, Community Engagement 

 

                 
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 Bree Gannon
gannonb1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Feminist Rhetorics, Religious rhetoric, Embodiment, Writing and Digital Pedagogy

 

 Jack Hennes
hennesja@msu.edu

Research Areas: urban & transportation planning, user-centered design & composition, technical communication, deliberative rhetoric

 
                         
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Les Hutchinson
ABD
hutch220@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Rhetoric, Technical Communication, Cultural Rhetorics, Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Cultural Appropriation

 

 Catheryn Jennings
catherynjennings@gmail.com


Research Areas: Queer Rhetorics, Cultural Rhetorics, digital communities, indigenous rhetorics

 
                         
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Shewonda Leger
legershe@msu.edu

Research Areas: Black Feminist Filmmaking, Diaspora and Caribbean Rhetorics, Cultural Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics, and Women and Gender Studies

 

   Derek Mkhaiel
mkhaield@msu.edu

Research Areas: critical and rhetorical theory, materiality and embodiment, language as onto-epsitemic, New Materialisms, Diaspora and Home, critical consciousness, agency, ethics, time and space, empathy

 
                         
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Suban Nur Cooley
cooleys7@msu.edu

Research Areas: 
Orality-literacy, Black/African diaspora, multimodality, cultural rhetorics, Somalia, self and identity, migration

 

Kenlea Pebbles
pebbles1@msu.edu

Research Areas: ESL and business rhetorics, Native American rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, environmental rhetorics , visual and digital rhetorics

 
                         
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Sarah Prielipp
ABD
prielip3@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Indigenous Rhetorics, Service Learning, Teaching and Learning

 

Rachel Robinson
robi1078@msu.edu


Research Areas: Writing centers, embodiment rhetoric, female academics and administrators, academic labor issues, writing program administration, popular culture 

 
                         
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Eric Rodriguez
rodri691@msu.edu


Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Chicanx rhetoric, pedagogy

  Jaquetta Shade
ABD
shadejaq@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, American Indian rhetoric, decolonizing methodologies, Indigenous feminism
 
                         
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Elijah Simmons
simmo335@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Writing Program Administration, African-American Rhetoric, Rhetoric Of Attire, Inclusive Pedagogy Studies, Fictive Kinship and Geography’s role in Composition.

 

Erin Schaefer
erinschaefer9@gmail.com

Research Areas: 
emotion, identity, interpersonal communication, mindfulness, digital rhetoric, interdisciplinary teaching, neuroscience, embodied rhetorics, psychology, community psychology, neurofeedback, professional writing

 
                         
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Ja'La Wourman
wourmanj@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional and technical communication, visual rhetorics, cultural rhetorics

     

MA STUDENTS

                         
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Jen Ismirle
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (DRPW)
ismirlej@msu.edu

Research Areas: User Experience Research, Ecological Validity, Mobile/Web Research and Design, Universal Design

 

Rebekah Small
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (DRPW)
smallreb@msu.edu

Research Areas: fandom studies, digital rhetoric, cultural rhetoric, UX

 
                         
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Erica Smith
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
smit2758@msu.edu

Research Areas: rhetorical theory, composition theory, political thought, education policy, pedagogy, activist rhetorics

 

Shana Toor
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
toorshan@msu.edu

Research Areas: immigrant rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, race/gender/religious representation in visual media, multilingual pedagogies