Michigan State University
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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Nick Sanders
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Nick Sanders

PhD Student

Office: 273 Bessey Hall

Email: sande463@msu.edu

Twitter: @Sanders_Nick37



Research Areas

antiracist and decolonial approaches to writing pedagogy, assessment, and program administration; contingent labor activism; first-year writing; writing centers; teaching writing at the two-year college; decolonial qualitative research methods, and cultural and queer rhetorics  


My work as writing teacher and writing researcher hinges most on the keywords “access” and “agency.” I’m interested in the spaces where writing takes place, where writing teachers work (in first-year writing classrooms, in writing centers), and how students might be able to navigate these spaces. In this vein, I’m interested in using WPA work as a way to build and transform infrastructures that students navigate, by drawing on a theoretical base emphasizing Black feminist, decolonial, and queer theories.

Representative Work


Sanders, N. (2018) “Securing Composition’s Disciplinarity: The Possibilities for Independent Writing Programs and Contingent Labor Activism.” Book Review Essay. Composition Studies, 46.1 (Spring 2018), pp. 166-174.


Sanders, N. (2016, May) “Fathers, Sons, and Guns.” Thoughtcatalog.com. Creative Non-Fiction.


Select Conference Presentations

Sanders, N. (2018, March). “Wearing Too Many Masks: A Contingent Instructor’s Habitus Across Multiple Instructional Sites.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, “Performing in the Liminal Space of Contingency” (panel). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 13-16. (accepted)

Sanders, N. (2018, April). “Writing Studies, Anti-Racist Work, and Human Subject Research.” How Did You Think of That: Turning Your Passion into a Humanities Project, co-sponsored by Stephen E. King Chair in Literature and the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, “Moving, Learning, Writing Across the Lifespan” (panel). University of Maine, April 21 2018. (invited speaker).

Sanders, N. (2018, March). “Echoes from the Center: Assignment Prompts as Sites of Linguistic Domination.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, “Languaging and Laboring for Justice in our Communities, Classrooms, and Curricula” (panel). Kansas City, Missouri, March 14-17 2018.

Sanders, N. (2018, March). “Power, Privilege, and Prompts: An Ethnography of Prompt Power in the FYC.” Research Network Forum at Conference on College Composition and Communication: Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming. Kansas City, Missouri, March 14-17 2018.

Sanders, N. (2017, May). “Pedagogical Pathways: (Re)vision, (Re)flection, and (Re)design.” New England Summer Conference on College Composition and Communication: Sharing Best Practices. Boston University, May 24-26 2017.

Research or Academic Affiliations

Council for Writing Program Administrators
National Council for the Teachers of English
Two-Year College English Association
Research in the Teaching of English
The Writing Center @ MSU
College English
Modern Language Association
Maine Council for English Language Arts
New England Association of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication