y Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures :: Dawn Opel
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Dawn Opel
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Dawn Opel

Assistant Professor

Graduate Faculty

Office: 240 Bessey Hall

Email: opeldawn@msu.edu

Twitter: @dawnopel

Skype: DawnOpel





Research Areas

Rhetoric of health and medicine, experience architecture, community literacy, technical and professional writing, feminist rhetorics and methodologies


Dawn's interest in rhetoric, law, and policy stems from her legal background, having served as a federal law clerk and lawyer with legal aid societies and other nonprofit organizations. Dawn arrived in WRAC from Arizona State, where she held a postdoctoral fellowship in computational humanities and data science in the Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics. Dawn's recent research focuses on healthcare information, technologies, policies, and patient user experience.


Ph.D., 2015, Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics, Arizona State University
J.D., 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
B.A., 1999, History, Wake Forest University

Representative Work

Opel, D. (2016). "Communicating the complexity of healthcare payment and service delivery reform." 5th Annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information, Greenville, NC.

Opel, D., & Stevenson, S. (2016). "Do women win?: Transnational development NGOs, discourses of empowerment, and cross-cultural technology initiatives in the Global South." connexions: international professional communication journal, 4(1). https://connexionsj.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/opel-stevenson1.pdf

Opel, D. (2015). "Self-representation in literary fandom: Women's leisure reader selfies as postfeminist performance." Transformative Works and Cultures,18. http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/607/484

Opel, D. (2014). "Social justice in technologies of prenatal care: Toward a user centered approach to technical communication in home pregnancy testing." In SIGDOC 2014 Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference on Design of Communication, pp. 8. ACM.

Opel, D. (2015)." Review of The Social Media Reader." Kairos, 20(1). http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/20.1/reviews/opel/index.html

Selected Courses Taught

XA 333: Researching Experience

Research or Academic Affiliations

Digital Humanities @ MSU