Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Sarah Klotz
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Sarah Klotz

Assistant Professor

Office: Bessey Hall 244

Email: klotzsa1@msu.edu

Twitter: @Dr__Klotz

Research Areas

Native American rhetorics, anti-racist writing pedagogy, writing in the community college context


My work in teaching, research, and administration focuses on anti-racist and decolonial praxis in higher education, both in and beyond the writing classroom. Since completing my PhD at UC Davis in 2014, I have held a tenure-track position in English at Butte Community College and served as Associate Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. My monograph, currently under contract with the University Press of Colorado, is a rhetorical history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School grounded in the alphabetic, material, and embodied rhetorics of Native students.

Representative Work

“Impossible Rhetorics of Survivance at the Carlisle School, 1879-1883” College Composition and Communication. 69.2 (December 2017): 208-229.

Critical Biography for Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede. Teachers on the Edge: Conversations with Composition and Rhetoric Scholars. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“Gloria Anzaldúa’s Rhetoric of Ambiguity and Anti-Racist Teaching.” Co-author Carl Whithaus. Composition Studies 43.2 (Fall 2015): 72-91.

“The Red Man Has Left No Mark Here: Graves and Land Claim in the Cooperian Tradition.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 60.3 (Summer 2014): 328-364.

“Black, White, and Yellow Fever: Contagious Race in The Mysteries of New Orleans." Mississippi Quarterly 65.2 (Spring 2012): 229-258.

Awards and Recognitions

CCCC/NCTE Emergent Researcher Award including a grant of $10,000 for monograph project, Decolonizing Developmental Writing: A Rhetorical History of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School 2017-2019 UC Humanities Research Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-2013 Isaiah Thomas Stipend, awarded by the American Antiquarian Society for the 2013 Seminar, Indigenous Cultures of Print in Early America

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