Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Steven Fraiberg
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Steven Fraiberg

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

Office: Bessey Hall 252

Email: sfraibe2@gmail.com

Website: www.sfraiberg.com

Research Interests

Globalization in Higher Education and Workplaces, Startup Entrepreneurs and Innovation Systems, Composition Studies, Multi-Translingualism


My research broadly attends to literacy, mobility, and globalization. Grounded in ethnographic and sociocultural traditions, I have two research strands at the moment. The first attends to the global spread of English within Israeli society and the ways that it is being taken up in classroom, community, and, most extensively, workplace contexts. My scholarship in this area includes research on startup entrepreneurs and innovation systems in the Israeli high-tech industry. Second, I am involved in studying global shifts in higher education. More specifically, I recently completed a book length manuscript with two colleagues, Inventing the World Grant University: Chinese International Students’ Mobilities, Literacies, and Identities, on the ways the social, linguistic, and cultural landscape in U.S. higher education is being reshaped by the rapid influx of Chinese international students. More particularly, I examined the enculturation of the Chinese student population at Michigan State University by tracing their literacy practices across transnational social spaces.


Ph.D. English with a Concentration in Writing Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Technical Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.A. English, University of Michigan

Representative Work

Inventing the World Grant University: Chinese International Students’ Mobilities, Literacies, and Identities. (Co-authored with Xiaoye You and Xiqiao Wang). Utah State University Press, 2017.

“Pretty Bullets: Tracing Transmedia/Translingual Literacies of an Israeli Soldier across Regimes of Practice.” College Composition and Communication. 69.1. (2017): 87-116.

“Startup Nation: Studying Transnational Entrepreneurial Practices in Israel’s Startup Ecosystem.” Spec. issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 33.1. (2017): 1-39. 

*Received award for NCTE Best Original Collection of Essays in Scientific and Technical Communication

“Weaving Relationship Webs: Tracing how IMing Practices Mediate the Trajectories of Chinese International Students.” (Co-authored with Xiaowei Cui). Computers and Composition. 39.1. (2016): 83-103.

“Outsmarting the Nation, Together: Subversive Virtual Fraternity in the Israeli Men’s Magazine Blazer." Israel Studies Review. (Co-authored with Danny Kaplan). 30.1 (2015): 83-103.

“Re-assembling Technical Communication: Mapping out a Framework for Studying Multilingual-Multimodal Practices in the Context of Globalization.” Spec. issue of Technical Communication Quarterly. 22.1 (2013): 10-27. 

* Nominated for NCTE Best Original Collection of Essays in Scientific and Technical Communication

“A Multilingual and Multimodal Framework for Studying L2 Composing.” (Co-authored with Xiaoye You). EFL Teaching and Research. 35.3 (2012): 263-70. Print.

“Composition 2.0: Toward a Multilingual and Multimodal Framework.” Spec. issue of College Composition and Communication. 62.1 (2010): 100-126. Print.

* Reprinted in Multimodal Composition: A Critical Sourcebook. Ed. Claire Lutkewitte. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s Press. 2014. 497-516

Sample Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Reassembling Composition and Rhetoric: Studying Language and Culture in Local and Global Contexts (AL 891)
Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition (WRA 870)

Undergraduate Courses
Rhetoric, Persuasion and Culture (WRA 260)
Writing Ethnography Across Communities and Cultures (WRA 195H)
Preparation for College Writing (WRA 1004)

Research or Academic Affiliations

Jewish Studies Program, http://jsp.msu.edu/
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, http://globalstudies.msu.edu/people/affiliated-faculty/