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: @jam_withj

Website: www.jalawourman.com

 

Research Areas

Professional and technical communication, visual rhetorics, cultural rhetorics

Profile

 

Ja’La Wourman is a PhD student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research engages visual and digital rhetoric in public and online spaces, African American rhetoric and representation, and the intersections of culture in professional and technical communication. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an assistant writer for a large church in Columbus Ohio while obtaining her ministry degree. This experience opened up the door for her to pursue a M.A in Written Communication, specializing in professional and technical writing. As a military brat (Navy) she spent 8 years living in Japan  which played a large role in how she sees culture and rhetoric intertwined. 

 

Education

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