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Rebecca C. Conklin

Doctoral Candidate
Office: Bessey 274 (Remote)
Email: conkli97@msu.edu
Website: http://www.rebeccacconklin.com/

Research Areas

Feminist Rhetorics, Cultural-Rhetorical Pedagogy, Translingualism, Reflective Writing/Practice


​Rebecca is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures program. Her concentration area is Critical Feminist Theory and her disseration explores ambiguity in rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy. She also researches digital rhetoric and pedagogy, considering the applications of Instagram in the classroom as an introduction to digital rhetoric, composition, and activism. She also advocates for the experiences of survivors in the university, focusing on how WPAs might leverage their positions to impact students’ experiences with the Mandatory Reporter policy through trauma-informed/care-based training for faculty.


M.A. in English/Composition and Communication, Central Michigan University

Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education

B.A. Psychology, Sociology, Lees-McRae College

Representative Work

辩论的艺术 (in English, The Art of Argument). Co-authored with Benson Hu and Joseph Packer. Guangxi Normal University Press Group. 2018.

[submitted, under review] “A Cabinet of Curiosities, a Dwelling Place: Instagram as Multimodal Weekly Writing.” Submitted to Prompt: The Journal of Academic Writing Assignments.

[submitted, under review] Centering Survivors: A Trauma-Informed/Care Based Redesign of Mandatory Reporter Training; Co-authored with Dr. Lauren Brentnell submitted to the Writing Program Administration Journal.

[forthcoming] “Clarifying Ambiguity” Book review of A History of Ambiguity by Anthony Ossa-Richardson in Textshop Experiments. Issue TBD; Volume TBD.

“Composing at the Threshold: Collaborative Composition and Innovative Form” Book Review of Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies. Edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle in Pedagogy. 16:3. 2017. ​

从麻烦到没问题 (in English, Argument: From Problem to No Problem). Co-authored with Benson Hu and Joseph Packer. Guangxi Normal University Press Group. 2017.

Sample Courses Taught

WRA101: Writing as Inquiry

WS201: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Research or academic affiliations

Editorial Assistant, Rhetoric Society Quarterly

Social Media

Twitter: @thewritingprof2

Instagram: @thewritingprof