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Constance Haywood

PhD Student
First-Year Writing Instructor
Email: haywoo34@msu.edu
Office: Contact via email for Fall 2020 Virtual Office Information

Research Areas

Black Feminist Literacies and Rhetoric(s), Online Communities, Digital Writing, Activism, and Embodiment


Constance is a third-year PhD student in the WRAC department. Before MSU, she earned her MA at East Carolina University in English Studies (concentrations were in Rhet Comp and MTL). During this time she worked on a project that focused on misogynoir in business grooming policies and the conflicts that can arise when professional rhetorics directly clash with Black women’s bodies/embodied experiences. While she hopes to continue this work someday, her interests in her current program have slightly shifted. She is now focused on learning more around Black feminist literacies and rhetoric(s), online communities, and digital writing. More specifically, she is interested in the various ways Black women (as well as the online communities that they are part of) use writing and internet space to do much-needed activist and identity work. Additionally, she is working on a specialization certificate in Women and Gender Studies.


MA in English Studies with concentrations in Rhetoric and Composition and Multicultural/Transnational Literatures, East Carolina University, 2017

BA in English with minor in Communication, East Carolina University, 2015 

Representative Work


Haywood, C. M. (2019, December 10). ‘I do this for us’: Thinking through reciprocity & researcher-community relationships. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. https://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2019/12/10/i-do-this-for-us-thinking-through-reciprocity-researcher-community-relationships/

Conference Presentations

“Designing Inclusive Futures: Black Feminist Design(s) as Ethical Practice in Administration, Pedagogy, and Research.” Panel Presentation. The 2019 Annual Computers and Writing Conference; Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

“Headwraps and Hoops in TPC: Decolonizing Professionalism through Dress and Work Practices.” Panel Presentation. The 2018 Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing; Reardon Convention Center; Kansas City, Kansas, USA.

Conference Invitations

“Is It Above Us Now?: On Black Women, Rhetoric, Civility, and Hospitality.” Panel Presentation. The 20th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America; Hilton Portland Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA (*May 2020, Accepted; Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.)

“Courses and Communities: Envisioning New Paths for Digital Activisms.” Panel Presentation. The 2020 Annual Computers and Writing Conference; East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina, USA (*May 2020, Accepted; Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.)

“Black Feminism as Commonplace: A Social Justice Orientation to Administration and Research.” Panel Presentation. The 2020 Annual Conference on College Composition & Communication; The Wisconsin Center, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. (*May 2020, Accepted; Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.)

“Exploring Intersectional Approaches to Defining Misogyny in Professional Embodiment.” 11th Biennial [Conference on] Feminisms and Rhetorics; The University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio, USA

“Social Justice and Technical Communication: Building and Sustaining Programs.” Panel Presentation. The 2016 Annual Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication; Georgia Coastal Conference Center; Savannah, Georgia, USA

Awards and Recognitions

2018 Amplification Award Recipient—Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)

Courses Taught

Michigan State University

WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry

East Carolina University

ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 2201: Writing Across the Disciplines

Research or Academic Affiliations

Writing Center @ MSU

Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)

Social Media 

Twitter: @RhetoriConnie

Instagram: connieconstanzaaa