University of Minnesota
literacy & rhetorical studies
center for writing
writing.umn.edu


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Faculty

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David Beard
Writing Studies (UMD)
David Beard is interested in interdisciplinary research in rhetoric and writing studies.  He explores the contemporary and historical intersections between English, communication, philosophy and education in the common project of teaching and researching reading, writing, speaking, listening and visual literacy in the modern university.
Martha Bigelow
Martha Bigelow

Curriculum & Instruction
Martha Bigelow’s interests include the role of native and second language literacy in the acquisition of second language oral skills, the multilingualism and multiliteracy of immigrant and refugee youth, the intersection of race, religion, gender and ethnicity among African immigrant youth, the educational needs of adolescent English language learners with limited formal schooling, and the role of education policies in access to education for adolescent immigrant youth with limited formal schooling.
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch
Writing Studies
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch’s interests include technical communication programs; theory of composition and technical communication instruction; computer pedagogy; visual rhetoric; writing across the curriculum; writing center theory; and World Wide Web educational support and development. She has recently taught the graduate courses “Development of Principles in Technical Communication Pedagogy I” and “Computer Pedagogy.”
Robert Brown
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Robert Brown's areas of specialization include cultural studies of science and technology, rhetoric, literacy and critical pedagogy, theory and sociology of knowledge and taste, popular culture, culture and the environment, education and institutions, and cultural ethnography.
Patrick Bruch
Patrick Bruch
Writing Studies
Patrick Bruch’s areas of interest include the theory and history of composition studies, critical literacy and critical pedagogy, and cultural studies.
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell
Communication Studies
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell conducts research in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, political communication, women’s communication, and social movement rhetoric. Campbell teaches graduate courses on rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, feminist rhetoric, and political communication.
photo of Dan EmeryDaniel Emery
Center for Writing
Dan Emery’s research interests include writing across the curriculum, critical theory, and the history of writing and writing instruction.
Pamela Flash
Pamela Flash

Center for Writing
Pamela Flash’s research interests include writing pedagogy (particularly at post-secondary levels), writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and the use of qualitative research methods (particularly collaborative action research and ethnographic research) to enable pedagogic change on individual, departmental, and institutional levels. As Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, she leads the Writing-Enriched Curriculum project, a process-approach to facilitating instructional change within the University's undergraduate units.
Richard Graff
Richard Graff
Writing Studies
Richard Graff’s interests include classical and modern rhetorical theory; stylistic theory and methods of rhetorical criticism; & history of rhetorical education. Graff’s graduate teaching focuses on modern and contemporary rhetorical theory and communication theory and practice including a course on “Major Figures in the Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era.”
Ronald Greene
Ronald Greene
Communication Studies
Ronald Greene investigates how institutions regulate and advocate communication to improve the quality of democracy.
Laura Gurak
Laura Gurak
Writing Studies
Laura Gurak’s interests include rhetorics of science and technology, rhetorical criticism, internet studies, online research methods, social aspects of computing, the law and technology (intellectual property and privacy), and technical and professional communication. She has recently taught the graduate course “Rhetoric, Privacy, and Persuasion in Cyberspace.”
Christina Haas
Writing Studies
Christina Haas's research examines the material and embodied nature of writing and of writing technologies and the  development of methodologies for such examinations.
Michael Hancher
English
Michael Hancher’s interests include the history of the book, book production and illustrations, social conditions for literacy, and technology and literacy. Hancher has taught the graduate course “The History of Writing Technologies.”
Kirsten Jamsen
Kirsten Jamsen

Center for Writing
Kirsten Jamsen’s research interests include writing consultancy, writing across the curriculum, teacher professional development, and the role of technology in writing centers and classrooms.
Kendall KingKendall King
Curriculum & Instruction
Kendall King's scholarship addresses ideological, interactional and policy perspectives on second language learning and bilingualism, and is concerned with two broad questions. First, which practices, policies, and programs best facilitate minority language development and maintenance? And second, which pedagogical, policy and interactional approaches best serve minority language students? At the University of Minnesota, she teaches courses in sociolinguistics, language policy, language research methods, and language education, and also (co)coordinates the undergraduate TESL minor and the MA in TESOL in Higher Ed.
Anne Lazaraton
Anne Lazaraton

Writing Studies
Anne Lazaraton's research interests including applied linguistics, discourse analysis, English language in use, language assessment, and qualitative research methodology. She is currently working on a project that examines how domestic technical and professional writing instructors discursively position the (mostly Chinese) international students in their classes. 
Amy Lee
Amy Lee
Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
Amy Lee’s research interests include composition theory, critical pedagogy, and writing pedagogy.
Tim LensmireTimothy Lensmire
Curriculum & Instruction
Timothy Lensmire’s current research and writing focus on race and education, and especially on how white people learn to be white in our white supremacist society. Grounded in critical white studies, his work contributes to the ongoing effort to figure out how best to work with white students (in K-12 schools and universities, in teacher education, in teacher development) on issues of race and social justice.
Katie Levin
Katie Levin
Center for Writing
Katie Levin's research interests are primarily in writing center studies, especially through a social justice lens and using qualitative research methods. Katie is fascinated by the complex push-and-pull of privilege, power, discourse, identity, and resistance in and outside of the writing center.
Cynthia Lewis
Cynthia Lewis

Curriculum & Instruction
Cynthia Lewis teaches graduate courses in Critical Discourse Analysis, Politics of Race and Literacy in K–12 Education, and Sociocultural Perspectives on Literacy. Her research focuses on critical literacy, classroom discourse about literature, digital/new literacies among adolescents, and English/language arts teacher education. Currently, she is working with teacher colleagues on ELA reform in urban schools. In all of her work, she is interested in the connection between literacy practices and social identities.
John Logie
John Logie
Writing Studies
John Logie’s research interests include rhetorical theory, rhetoric of electronic writing spaces, sophistic rhetorics, constructions of authorship, intellectual property, visual rhetorics, computer-mediated communication, and collaborative writing. Logie has recently taught the graduate course “Science Writing for Popular Audiences.”
Rosemarie Park
Rosemarie Park
Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
Rosemarie Park’s research and teaching interests include adult education; educational needs of the workforce; assessment of basic skills as they relate to hiring and promotion; and the development of plain-language criteria for use in legal, technical, and government settings.

 

Michael Pfau
Michael Pfau
Communication Studies (UMD)
Michael Pfau’s research interests center around public discourse, rhetorical argument, and political rhetoric, with a particular (but not exclusive) interest in 18th and 19th century U.S. political discourse. More specifically Pfau's research has tackled a variety of rhetorical theories, genres, and communication modalities that include conspiracy rhetoric and argument, the rhetorical theory and practice of fear appeals, civic republicanism, partisan rhetoric, and political institutions and deliberation.
Dan Philippon
Dan Philippon

English
Dan Philippon is interested in environmental discourse and practice, particularly as it intersects with science, nature, and environmental writing. He has published on ecocriticism, sustainability, place-based writing, environmental history, food writing, and related subjects.
Thomas Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds
Writing Studies
Tom Reynolds’s research interests include various aspects of composition studies, including literacy history, popular rhetorics, technologies for writing instruction, and writing across the curriculum.
Donald Ross
Donald Ross
Writing Studies
Donald Ross’s central interests revolve around literature, including the American “Renaissance” and movements which preceded and followed it, the theory of the novel, and travel writing. Ross is also interested in composition, including the role of computers and word processors in writing instruction and writing in academic disciplines.
Amy Sheldon
Amy Sheldon
Communication Studies
Amy Sheldon’s research is in the area of naturally occurring talk, including studying gender differences in preschoolers’ conversations and investigation of how gesture is synchronized with speech. Sheldon teaches graduate courses on discourse analysis; communication and gender; and language, culture, and identity.
Geoffrey Sirc
Geoffrey Sirc
English
Geoffrey Sirc’s research interests revolve around composition studies and writing pedagogy.
Thom Swiss
Thom Swiss

Curriculum & Instruction
Thom Swiss’s background is in creative writing, but these days his writing and teaching focus on interdisciplinary subjects, including popular culture as pedagogy, both in and out of the classroom. Drawing on research practices in cultural and media studies, he's interested in the contexts in which popular culture takes place and how the emergence of new media is changing the face of teaching and learning.
Jasmine TangJasmine Kar Tang
Center for Writing
Jasmine Kar Tang's research interests involve writing studies, writing center studies, critical race and ethnic studies, linguistic diversity and rights, Asian American studies, immigration studies, feminist studies, and qualitative research methodologies.
Diane Tedick
Diane Tedick
Curriculum & Instruction
Diane Tedick’s research interests include the education of language minority students, bilingual pedagogy, content-based language instruction and technology, immersion schools, collaborative action research, and teacher development.
Elizabethada WrightElizabethada Wright
English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies (UMD)
Dr. Wright does work on the rhetoric of memorial place as well as on nineteenth-century women’s rhetoric. With all her work focusing on how marginalized people find voice in societies that try to silence them, most recently she has been examining the influence of French Catholic women religious (commonly known as nuns) on writing pedagogy in the United States.