y Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures :: Lauren Brentnell
Michigan State University
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Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
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Rhetoric & American Cultures
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Lauren Brentnell

PhD Student

Office: 301 Bessey Hall

Email: lauren.brentnell@gmail.com

Twitter: @RhetoricNSpice

Research Areas

Trauma studies; apocalyptic rhetoric; the anthropocene; gaming studies


I am a second-year PhD student. My research focuses on the intersections of trauma studies, apocalyptic and anthropocene rhetoric. I'm interested in the ways that we deal with disasters, violence, and trauma. My current research investigates ways to make progress out of conflicts both big and small, which I hope to apply to teaching and life. In addition, I’m an avid gamer and also explore these rhetorics on a technological and digital level by applying them to gaming studies, which is mostly an excuse to justify the time I spend playing Fallout.

Representative Work

Brentnell, Lauren. “Mentorship Across the University: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Pedagogy.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. 20-22 October 2016.

Brentnell, Lauren. “Living Oklahoma: An Academic Memoir.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference. 2 October 2016.

Baldwin, Dianna, Lauren Brentnell, Tania de Sostoa-McCue, Beth Martin, Dawn Opel, and Liza Potts. “Women as Makers in/around/against Popular Media Culture.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference. 1 October 2016.

Brentnell, Lauren. “Representation in Non-Linear Narratives: Text-Based Games and the Question of Agency.” National Popular Culture Association. 23 March 2016.

Awards and Recognitions

Inside Teaching Fellowship (2016)

Research or Academic Affiliations

Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab