Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Ja'La Wourman
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Ja'La Wourman

PhD Student

Office: 273 Bessey Hall

Email: wourmanj@msu.edu

Twitter: @jjwourman

Website: www.jalawourman.com


Research Areas

Professional and technical communication, visual rhetorics, cultural rhetorics


As a researcher, I find myself constantly interested in the ways race, culture, and identity intersect with professional and technical communication. This influences my interest in visual rhetoric, with a particular focus on how histories and cultures are represented in public and digital images. When I am not studying or teaching, I enjoy mentoring students, trying new foods, and exploring new places.


M.A: Written Communication - Professional Writing
Eastern Michigan University

B.S: Language, Literature, & Writing
Eastern Michigan University

Representative Work

“A Visual Rhetoric Study of Social Justice Murals” EMU Graduate Symposium. Ypsilanti, MI 03/17

“What Visual Rhetorics Needs from Cultural Rhetorics” NCTEAR Conference. San Francisco, CA 02/17

“Shifting Marketing and Business Culture to Useful User Experience—A Website-development and Branding Company.” MUXing Methods Towards Cultural Rhetoric: Usefulness Research. A panel with Andrew Durand and Steve Benninghoff. Cultural Rhetorics Conference. Lansing, MI. 10/16

Sample Courses Taught

WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry

Research or Academic Affiliations

Writing Center @ MSU