Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Ben Lauren
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Ben Lauren

Assistant Professor (Experience Architecture)

Graduate Faculty

Office: 242 Bessey Hall

Email: blauren@msu.edu

Twitter: @benlauren

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Website: benlauren.com

Research Areas

User Experience, Professional and Technical Communication, Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Critical Management Studies, Service Design, Sound Studies


Benjamin Lauren is an Assistant Professor of Experience Architecture at Michigan State University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He is a WIDE Researcher, the Book Editor and the Podcast Series Editor at Communication Design Quarterly. His recent work has been published by Technical Communication, Transactions on Professional Communication, and Computers and Composition. His book, tentatively titled Communicating Project Management: A Participatory Rhetoric for Development Teams, is currently under contract with Routledge’s ATTW series.


Ph.D., Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University (2014)
M.A., English, Florida State University (2003)

Representative Work

Lauren, B., & Pigg, S. (2016). The Egonets of Technical Communication Solopreneurs: Communication Practices, Genres, and Networks that Build and Sustain Careers. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 59(4), 342-362.

Lauren, B., & Pigg, S. (2016). Toward multidirectional knowledge flows: Lessons from research and publication practices of technical communication entrepreneurs. Technical Communication, 63(4), 299-313.

Lauren, B. (2016). Running Lean: Refactoring and the Multiliteracy Center. Computers and Composition, 41, 68-77, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2016.04.007

Lauren, B., & Pigg, S. (2016, October). Toward Entrepreneurial Pedagogies: Rethinking Professional Networking as Knowledge Making. Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference.

Lauren, B., Pigg, S., Brentnell, L., Fooksman, H., & Mapes, K. (2016, September). Investigating a common trope in technical communication: Are academics and practitioners researching in different communication design spheres? Proceedings of ACM SIGDOC.

Selected Courses Taught

AL 242: Introduction to Experience Architecture
AL 366: Managing Experience Architecture Projects
WRA 360: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
WRA 460: Advanced Visual Rhetoric
WRA 482: Information and Interaction Design
WRA 841: Professional Writing Theory and Research

Research or Academic Affiliations

WIDE (Researcher)
Broad User Research Group

Communication Design Quarterly (Book Editor)
Communication Design Quarterly (Podcast Series Editor)