Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Derek Mkhaiel
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Derek Mkhaiel

PhD Student

Office: Bessey 273

Email: mkhaield@msu.edu

Discord: Tanios!#4369

Research Areas

critical and rhetorical theory, materiality and embodiment, language as onto-epsitemic, New Materialisms, Diaspora and Home, critical consciousness, agency, ethics, time and space, empathy


I'm a first year doctoral student in Rhetoric and Writing with a concentration in cultural rhetorics. I think of myself as an ideas person with an untameable intellectual curiosity. I'm fascinated by the potential generative trajectories afforded by the knowledge produced and challenged by critical and rhetorical theory. I believe story telling is an act of theorizing. I'm fascinated by how individual's interact with and are culturally constructed by the material world but most importantly how we can ethically interact and engage with that world in order to foster a sense of critical consciousness. I believe language and empathy provides us with the generative tools necessary to build a better world which is inclusive to all people. Pedagogically, my work is informed by the quest for home, rhetoric as a form of knowing and being in the world, and New Materialisms, specifically the concept of emergent causality and agency as an emergent phenomenon which translates to creating space for the content of the course to emerge in collaboration with students and constructing the time and space for students to function as active agents in knowledge production.


Dual M.A in Composition and Literature, Spring 2017 from California State University, San Bernardino

B.A. in English Literature, Spring 2014 from California State University, San Bernardino

Representative Work

“Banksy, Detournement, and Revolution” Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 27 Feb. 2017.

“Materiality, Rhetoric, and Sidon’s Bazaar.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. 1 Sept. 2016.

“Queering Time and the Liberatory Rhetoric of Spontaneity.” 2016 New Directions Graduate Student Conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 22 April 2016.

“How to Human: A Speculative Approach.” Far West Popular Culture Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 27 Feb. 2016. Also presented at Meeting of the Minds Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino 19 May 2016.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA 101—Writing as Inquiry