Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Les Hutchinson
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Les Hutchinson

PhD Candidate

Office: 267 Bessey Hall

Email: hutch220@msu.edu

Twitter: @techairos

Skype: les.hutch





Research Areas

Digital Rhetoric, Technical Communication, Cultural Rhetorics, Intellectual Property, Privacy, and Cultural Appropriation


Les's dissertation, "Privacy, Property, and Sovereignty," analyzes how social media platforms allow for cultural appropriation of Indigenous and Chicanx practices through their Terms of Service/Use and Privacy Policies. She is invested in the importance of these documents as technologically communicative rhetorical acts that codify relationships between users and tech companies.


M.A. from California State University, San Bernardino

Representative Work

Hutchinson, L. (near press). “Writing to Have No Face: The Queer Orientation of Anonymity in Twitter.” Social Writing/Social Media: Pedagogy, presentation, and publics. Walls, D. M., & Vie, S. (Eds.) Social writing/social media. 32 ms. Pages. WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives on Writing book series/Parlor Press.

Hutchinson, L. (in progress). “Wielding Power and Doxing Data: The Belief in the Personal and the Seizure of our Online Documents.” Routledge Companion to Digital Writing & Rhetoric. Alexander, J. & Rhodes, J. (Eds.). Under contract at Routledge.

Hutchinson, L. (in progress). “Working with Loss: An Academic Memoir about Evoking the Act of Memorializing.” Pixelating the Self: Digital Feminist Memoirs. Hidalgo, A (Ed.). A digital edited collection for Intermezzo.

Hutchinson, L. (2016). “Mother/Student/Professor: Single Motherhood in Academic Spaces.” Presentation of paper at Cultural Rhetorics Conference. East Lansing, Michigan.

Hutchinson, L. (2016). “Protesting without the Body: The Ontology of Digital Activist Assemblages.” Presentation of paper at Cultural Rhetorics Conference. East Lansing, Michigan. Hutchinson, L. & Faison, W. (February 2016). Microaggressions in Academic Spaces. Workshop for faculty and graduate students. Michigan State University.

Hutchinson, L. (2016). “Ethics of Persuasion and Surveillance: The Rhetoric of Intelligence Gatherers.” Presentation of paper at Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, Georgia.

Beck, E. and Hutchinson, L. (October 2015). “Making Ethical Decisions: Seeing Twitter Bots as (Non) ‘Human Subjects’ when Including Them as Research Participants.” Co-presentation of paper at Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, Arizona.

Beck, E. and Hutchinson, L. (October 2015). “Teaching Surveillance and Privacy Protection in Writing Classrooms.” WIDE-EMU. Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan.

Hutchinson, L. (June 2014). “Writing to Have No Face: The Emergence of Anonymity in Twitter.” Presentation of Paper at Computers and Writing. Washington State University. Pullman, Washington.

Hutchinson, L. (Nov. 2013). “Doxing with Persuasion: The Rhetorical Enculturation of Our Online Documents.” Presentation of paper at Making Meaning: Language, Rhetoric, and Enculturation. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Hutchinson, L. (Oct. 2012).“Who Are We in What We Do? : Questioning the Practice of Identity through Tutoring.” Presentation of paper at the International Writing Centers Association Conference (IWCA), Lines in the Sand. San Diego, California.

Hutchinson, L. (2012). “Social Activist Rhetoric and the Discursive Occupy.” Presentation of paper at (dis)junctions. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California.

Hutchinson, L. (2012). “A Place Where Writing Happens.” Multi-media presentation of paper at the Southern California Writing Centers Association: Writing Tutors Conference. Azusa Pacific University. Azusa, California.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA 320 - Technical Communication
WRA 101 - Writing as Inquiry

Awards and Recognitions

University Enrichment Fellow. (2014-2019). Michigan State University.
HASTAC Scholar. (2014-2015). Michigan State University.
Rayburn Award for Outstanding Thesis. (Spring 2013). California State University, San Bernardino.

Research or Academic Affiliations 

NCTE-CCCC Latinx Caucus
Association of Internet Researchers