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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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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  
  Dianna Baldwin
Associate Director
Graduate Faculty
baldw145@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Centers, Cultural Rhetorics, Comics  
                         
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 Catalina Bartlett
Assistant Professor
bartl142@msu.edu

Research Areascreative writing, Chicanx literatures, theories of the body

   Kate Birdsall
Assistant Professor
birdsal5@msu.edu

Research Areas: empathy, cultural rhetorics, digital publishing, creative writing pedagogy
                         
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 Lorelei Blackburn
Instructor
lorelei@msu.edu



Research Areas: Service Learning, Community Literacy, Pedagogy
   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
 
                         
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      Roger Bresnahan
Professor; Fulbright Program Advisor
bresnaha@msu.edu

Research Areas:
Cultural Rhetorics
  
 
   Nancy Bunge
Professor
bunge@msu.edu

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


Research Areas: Comparative literature, culture studies, cultrually-sustaining pedagogies
    Joseph Cheatle
Associate Director of the Writing Center
Graduate Faculty
cheatlej@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Center Studies, Digital Composition, and Writing Program Administration
                         
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 Johnson Cheu
Assistant Professor
cheu@msu.edu


Research Areas: Cultural studies, Disability Studies, Media Studies, Visual Rhetorics
   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 Interests: 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  
 

Matt Gomes
Assistant Professor
gomesmat@msu.edu

Research Areas: Writing Assessment, program assessment, pedagogy, sonic rhetoric

                         
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Jeff Grabill
Professor
Graduate Faculty
grabill@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional and Technical Writing; Community Literacy; Informal Learning; Rhetorical Theory  
    Kathy Hadley
Assistant Professor
hadleyk@msu.edu


Research Areas: Learner-centered teaching, Study Abroad, women in America
                         
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    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  
     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
                         
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 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
 

  Kathryn Houghton
Academic Specialist
hought34@msu.edu
                         
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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  
     Xinqiang Li
Assistant Professor
xqli@msu.edu


Research Areas: Intercultural Rhetoric, Second Language Writing, Curriculum Design, Studies in Prose Style
                         
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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  
  Julie Lindquist
Professor
Graduate Faculty
lindqu11@msu.edu

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, literacy, qualitative methods, wriitng pedagogy
                         
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    Kathleen Livingston
Assistant Professor
living32@msu.edu


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

Research Areas: distance education; instructional design; experience architecture; rhetorical theory; professional and technical
                         
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 Sara McKinnon
Assistant Professor
mckin159@msu.edu


Research Areas: composition, creative nonfiction, first-year writing, gender studies
   Joyce Meier
Assistant Director of the First-Year Writing Program
meierjo@msu.edu

Research Areas: Translingualism and transcultural rhetorics, community writing, creative non-fiction
                         
 

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 Casey Miles
Assistant Professor
milescas@msu.edu


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

Research Areas: cultural rhetorics, digital rhetoric, public deliberation
                         
 

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 Margaret Morris
Assistant Professor
msmorris@msu.edu


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

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 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 
      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  
                         
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Delores Byrum Rauscher
Instructor
rausche5@msu.edu



Research Areas: Teaching Higher Ed, Writing and Critical Reasoning  
  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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 Matthew Rossi
Assistant Professor
mrossi@msu.edu



Research Areas: Maker Culture, Multiliteracies, Ecocriticism, Citizen Science, Creative Writing, Writing Center Administration, Comics
   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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   Clayton Tarr
Assistant Professor
tarrclay@msu.edu


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

Research Areas: community literacy, critical pedagogy, indigenous rhetorics, Latina rhetorics
                         
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Curtis VanDonkelaar
Assistant Professor
vandonkc@msu.edu

Research Areas:
Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, Midwestern Culture and Literature
  Xiqiao Wang
Assistant Professor
wangx14@msu.edu

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

PhD STUDENTS

MA STUDENTS

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  Hannah Brady Espinoza
ABD
espino66@msu.edu

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

  Phil Bratta
ABD
philbratta@gmail.com

Research Areas: pedagogy, visual rhetoric, embodiment, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetorics     
 
 
                     
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    Lauren Brentnell
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
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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    Wonderful Faison
ABD
wonderfulfaison@gmail.com


Research Areas: African American Rhetorics, community literacy, cultural rhetorics, and queer rhetorics

   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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   Howard Fooksman
fooksman@msu.edu

Research Areas: Digital Pedagogy, Online Teaching, WAC/WID, Digital Humanities, Educational Technology
  Bree Gannon
gannonb1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Feminist Rhetorics, Religious rhetoric, Embodiment, Writing and Digital Pedagogy
 
                     
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    Jack Hennes
hennesja@msu.edu


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

 Les Hutchinson
ABD
hutch220@msu.edu

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

 
                     
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     Catheryn Jennings
catherynjennings@gmail.com

Research Areas: Queer Rhetorics, Cultural Rhetorics, digital communities, indigenous rhetorics
   Shewonda Leger
legershe@msu.edu

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

 

Suban Nur Cooley
cooleys7@msu.edu

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

 
                     
 

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     Kenlea Pebbles
pebbles1@msu.edu

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

Sarah Prielipp
ABD
prielip3@msu.edu


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

 
                     
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     Santos Ramos
ABD
ramossan@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Digital Rhetorics, Digital Humanities, Composition, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, Food Studies
  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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    Heather Noel Turner
ABD
younghe5@msu.edu

Research Areas: research methods, social justice, visual design in technical communication and professional writing   
   Ja'La Wourman
wourmanj@msu.edu


Research Areas: Professional and technical communication, visual rhetorics, cultural rhetorics   
 
                     
                     
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     Garrett Colón
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
colongar@msu.edu

Research Areas: Inclusive pedagogical practices, Cultural Rhetorics, Indigenous Literacies, Program assessment, Writing in Digital Environments
    Phil Deaton
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (DRPW)
deatonph@msu.edu

Research Areas: accessibility, disability studies, accessible learning experience design, rhetoric of law, learning design, web design, outreach & engagement                               
 
                     
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     Kelli Gill
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
gillkel1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Identity, Community, Visual Rhetorics, Intersections of Food Studies, Ethics, and Sustainability 
 

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
 
                     
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     Autumn Laws
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CLSP)
lawsautu@msu.edu

Research Areas:
 Disability studies, multimodal composition, autoethnography, social media rhetorics, writing center theory
 

Jay McClintick
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
mcclin69@msu.edu

Research Areas: Memoir, Cultural Rhetorics, Community Literacy, Social Activism, Digital Composition, Queer Rhetorics, Pedagogy as Activism

 
                     
     

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     Analisa Skeen
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (CSLP)
analisa.sk@gmail.com


Research Areas: Environmental Rhetorics, Wilderness, Indigenous Rhetorics, Decolonial Theory

 

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

 

Trevor Sutton
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (DRPW)
sutton28@msu.edu

Research Areas: Professional Writing, Digital Rhetoric, Cultural Rhetorics, Religion and Rhetoric

 
             
   

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   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