Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Jeff Grabill
Home > People > Faculty > Jeff Grabill

Jeff Grabill


Graduate Faculty

Email: grabill@msu.edu

Twitter: @grabill

matrix.msu.edu/wide         LinkedIn         opendrawbridge.com

Research Areas

Professional and Technical Writing; Community Literacy; Informal Learning; Rhetorical Theory


Jeff  Grabill is a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures here at Michigan State University. He is  a senior researcher with WIDE Research (Writing in Digital Environments) and also a co-founder of Drawbridge Incorporated, an educational technology company. He studies how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. He has published two books on community literacy and articles in journals like College Composition and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Computers and Composition, and English Education.

Representative Work

Writing Community Change: Designing Technologies for Citizen Action. Hampton Press, 2007.

Ubiquitous Writing, Technologies, and the Social Practice of Literacies of Coordination.” (with Stacey Pigg, Beth Brunk-Chavez, Jessie L. Moore, Paula Rosinski, and Paul G. Curran). Written Communication 31 (2013): 1-27.

Messy Rhetoric: Identity Performance as Rhetorical Agency in Online Public Forums” (with Stacey Pigg) Rhetoric Society Quarterly 42 (2012): 99-119.

“Content Management in the Workplace: Culture, Context, and Creating a New Way to Write” (with Jake McCarthy, Bill Hart-Davidson, and Mike McLeod). Journal of Business and Technical Communication 25 (2011): 1-29.

Action Research and Wicked Environmental Problems: Exploring Appropriate Roles for Researchers in Professional Communication.” (with Stuart Blythe and Kirk Riley) Journal of Business and Technical Communication 22 (2008): 272-298.