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Ben Lauren

Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Programs; Associate Chair; Graduate Faculty
Office: 235 Bessey Hall

Research Areas

Professional Writing, User Experience, Soundwriting, Learning Theory, Institutional Change


Benjamin Lauren teaches courses in Professional Writing, Experience Architecture, and Rhetoric and Writing. He is also Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Chair. Before starting at MSU, he spent 7 years as Instructor and Senior Instructor of Writing at Florida International University, where he co-founded and coordinated the English Department’s Digital Writing Studio.

His work focuses on helping people learn, create, communicate, and participate in today’s increasingly complex and expansive institutional, organizational, and community networks. Routledge’s ATTW Series published Ben’s first book titled Communicating Project Management: A Participatory Rhetoric for Development Teams. In addition, his scholarship has appeared in journals such as Computers and Composition, Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication, and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.


Ph.D., Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University (2014)

M.A., English, Florida State University (2003)

Representative Work 

Lauren, B. (2018). Communicating Project Management: A Participatory Rhetoric for Development Teams. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lauren, B., Hart-Davidson, W. (2018). Get off the grid, get in the groove: A phronetic progymnasma. PRE/TEXT: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, 5. Retrieved from

Lauren, B., & Pigg, S. (2016). The Egonets of Technical Communication Solopreneurs: Communication Practices, Genres, and Networks that Build and Sustain Careers. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 59(4), 342-362.

Selected Courses Taught

AL 242: Introduction to Experience Architecture
AL 366: Managing Experience Architecture Projects
WRA 360: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
WRA 460: Advanced Visual Rhetoric
WRA 482: Information and Interaction Design
WRA 841: Professional Writing Theory and Research

Research or Academic Affiliations

WIDE (Researcher)
Broad User Research Group

Social Media

Twitter: @benlauren