Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Cheryl Caesar
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Cheryl Caesar

Assistant Professor

Office: 241 Bessey Hall

Email: caesarc@msu.edu

Twitter: @CherylCaesar

Websites: http://caesarc.msu.domains/

Research Areas

Community-engaged scholarship, translingual and transcultural pedagogies


I am interested in comparative literature and Bakhtinian theory, in translingual, transnational, translocal and transcultural pedagogies, in culturally-sustaining pedagogies and in community-engaged scholarship.


Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation, 2013.

Doctorate of comparative literature (American/Russian), University of Paris - La Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008.

Representative Work

Meier, Joyce, Bree Gannon, David Medei and Cheryl Caesar. “Translingual Pedagogy, Rhetorical Listening, and Multimodal Experiences: A First-Year Writing Conference Fosters Intercultural Learning.” Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies and Emerging Pedagogies. Publication scheduled for spring 2018.

“Framing: Not Just Text-to-Text: Incorporating 'Outside' Perspectives, a Translingual Framework,  and Non-Linguistic, Material Ecologies in Languaging Work.” Accepted by Conference on College Composition and Communication for conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2018.

"Teaching (and) Rhetoric in an Age of Trump." Annual Conference of Michigan College English Association in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Oct. 27, 2017.

Collaborated with College of Arts and Letters Citizen Scholar program, Library and English Language Center to bring Refuge Lansing portrait exhibit to MSU, organized panels of university and Refugee Development Center speakers. Oct. 10 and 13, 2017.

“Fertile Ground: Cultivating Change through a First-Year Writing Conference.” CCCC. Portland, Or., March 16, 2017.

“Unsettling Speciesist Logic: Caring for our Animal Kin.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference: “Decolonialism.” Montréal, Nov. 11, 2016.

"Is ____ Writing?  Yes!  Celebrating and Integrating Students' Multimodal Projects in a First-Year Writing Conference." WIDE-EMU Unconference, East Lansing,  Oct. 10, 2015.

“First-Year Students: Finding a Voice.” MCEA Annual Conference, “Voices and Empowerment.” Ypsilanti, Mich. Oct. 25, 2014.

“A Translingual Approach: Strategies for English Language Learners in the Act of Storytelling.” Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference. St. Mary’s University, Halifax. Oct. 4, 2014.

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 1004, Preparation for College Writing. Theme: Culture Crossings
WRA 101, Writing as Inquiry. Theme: Possible Worlds
AL 110, Writing and Civic Life. Theme: Planetary Citizens

Research or Academic Affiliations

Michigan College English Association, executive board
National Council of Teachers of English
International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication