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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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  Catalina Bartlett
Assistant Professor
bartl142@msu.edu

Research Areas: creative 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: Disability Studies, Assessability, Community-Engaged Learning, Pedagogy
   Stuart Blythe
Associate Professor

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Graduate Faculty
blythes@msu.edu

Research Areas: administration and curriculum; theories of learning; rhetoric, science, and technology 
 
                         
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  Christina Boyles
Assistant Professor

cboyles@msu.edu

Research Areas: 
Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Multimodal Composition, Digital Pedagogy
  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


Research Areas: 
editing and publishing, grammar, linguistics, interdisciplinary studies

 

Laura Julier
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
julier@msu.edu

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

 
                         
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  Sarah Klotz
 Assistant Professor
klotzsa1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Native American rhetorics, anti-racist writing pedagogy, writing in the community college context
  Jeff Kuure
Faculty
kuure@msu.edu

Research Areas: Visual art, design, and communcation; digital media production, programming, computational thinking
 
                         
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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: Professional Writing, User Experience, Soundwriting, Learning Theory
 
                         
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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
Professional Writing and Experience Architecture Director
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: Digital Humanities, Experience Architecture, Participatory Culture, Disaster Communication
 
                         
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    Malea Powell
Professor

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  
  Sarah Prielipp
Assistant Professor

prielip3@msu.edu 



Research Areas: Cultural Rhetorics, Service-learning, Teaching and Learning, Pedagogy, FYW
 
                         
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  Carol M. Quinn
Faculty
cquinn@msu.edu

Research Areas: creative writing, first-year writing
  Delores Byrum Rauscher
Instructor
rausche5@msu.edu

Research Areas: Teaching Higher Ed, Writing and Critical Reasoning
 
                         
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  Jacqueline Rhodes
Professor, Department Chair
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
  Denise Troutman
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty
troutma1@msu.edu

Research Areas: Sociolinguistics; Women and language; Ebonics; African American women and linguistic practices; Im/politeness
 
                         
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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