Jonathan Ritz

Academic Specialist
Office: 231 Bessey Hall

Research Areas

Creative Nonfiction, Video Essay, Peace and Justice Studies


Jon’s primary focus as a writer is creative nonfiction and the personal essay. His work has appeared in Cimarron ReviewAmerican Literary Review, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere, and he has received two Pushcart Prize nominations for nonfiction. He has taught “Social Justice as Rhetorical Practice,” a professional writing course cross-listed in the Peace and Justice Studies program, and is interested in the intersections of writing, rhetoric, and spirituality.


Ph.D. in English, University of Nebraska 

Representative Work 

The Third Step (digital film). Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, 2015 

“Remixing Creative Nonfiction,” Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, 2015

DeVoss, D. N., Julier, L., & Ritz, J. (2013). “A Professional Writing capstone course: The Portfolio Seminar at Michigan State University.” Programmatic Perspectives, 5 (1), 123–152.

“The BA in Professional Writing: The ‘Other’ Undergraduate Writing Degree.” Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, 2012

“Careening Car-Free in the Capital City” (article). Capital Gains. 29 October 2008.

“The Art of Regret” (personal essay). Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College. Eds. Patty See and Bruce Taylor. Prentice Hall 2005.

“Verse Chorus Bridge” (personal essay). Cimarron Review. Spring 2003. Pushcart Prize nomination