Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Kristin Arola
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Kristin Arola

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

Office: Bessey 288

Email: arola@msu.edu

Twitter: @kristinarola

Website: http://arola.kuurola.com

Research Areas

Digital Rhetoric, American Indian Rhetoric, Multimodal Composition


I position myself as a scholar of American Indian rhetorics, multimodal composition, and digital rhetoric. I am deeply committed to making visible and working to disrupt colonial practices within theoretical frameworks and pedagogical practice. As such, I work to interrogate and encourage pedagogies that allow us ways of understanding digital composing practices within larger social and cultural contexts.


PhD (2006) Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University

BA (1998) University of Michigan

Representative Work

Villanueva, Victor and Kristin L. Arola. CrossTalk in Comp Theory. 3rd Edition. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of 2011.

Edited Volumes
Arola, Kristin L. and Anne Frances Wysocki, Eds. Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment). Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012.

Arola, Kristin L., Cheryl E. Ball, and Jennifer Sheppard. Writer/Designer: Making Multimodal Projects. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

Select Articles & Chapters
Arola, Kristin L. “Composing as Culturing: An American Indian Approach to Digital Ethics.” Handbook of Digital Writing and Literacies Research. Eds. Kathy Mills, Amy Stornaiuolo, Anna Smith & Jessica Zacher Pandya. New York: Routledge. (In Press, January 2018)

Arola, Kristin L. “A Land-Based Digital Design Rhetoric.”  The Routledge Companion to Digital Writing & Rhetoric. Eds. Jonathan Alexander & Jacqueline Rhodes. New York: Routledge. (In Press, March 2018)

Arola, Kristin L. and Adam C. Arola “An Ethics of Assemblage: Creative Repetition and the Electric Pow Wow.” Assembling Composition. Eds. Kathleen Blake Yancey and Stephen J. McElroy. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2017. 

Arola, Kristin L., Jennifer Sheppard, and Cheryl E. Ball. “Multimodality as a Frame for Individual and Institutional Change.” Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Technology. 26 January 2014.

Arola, Kristin L. “It’s My Revolution: Learning to See the Mixedblood.” Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment). Eds. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012. 115-142.

Arola, Kristin L. “Family Christmas Cards, Rhetoric, and Infertility: A Season of Silence.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. 6.1 (April 2011). 

Arola, Kristin L.. “The Design of Web 2.0: The Rise of the Template, The Fall of Design.”  Computers and Composition. 27.1 (March 2010). 4-14

Sample Courses Taught

WRAC 861: (American Indian) Rhetorics