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Past Research Series

Spring 2017

Literacy in the public sphere: Methods, voices, and visions

  • Dan Philippon (Associate Professor, English)
    "Eating in the Anthropocene: What's Writing Got to Do with It?"
  • Sarah Puett (PhD candidate, Writing Studies)
    "Literacy of Counterpublics: An Ethnographic Study of Local Resistance"

Spring 2016

Texts and politics

  • Robert Brown (Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature)
    “What is academic publication FOR? Does it help us?"
  • Samantha Bauer (MA candidate, English and Writing Studies, UM–Duluth)
    “Can representations of Hijabi in comics challenge or change stereotypes?”

Gender, violence, and voice through the centuries

  • Mary Schuster (Professor, Writing Studies)
    “The Lethality Assessment Protocol: Using persuasion or maintaining agency in responding to domestic violence victims"
  • Amanda Taylor (PhD candidate, English)
    “Embattled: Debating and fencing in sixteenth-century Italy and England”

Spring 2015

Early modern edition

  • Art Walzer (Professor, Communication Studies)
    A "conciliar turn" in the study of early modern rhetoric
  • Amanda Taylor (PhD Candidate, English)
    Rhetorical ornamentation and the martial body: Armor in early modern English and Italian epic romances

Spring 2014

Reading and writing in new media forms: graphic novels and weblogs

  • Aimee Rogers (PhD candidate, Curriculum & Instruction)
    "How intermediate grade readers understand graphic novels: a case study"
  • Anne Lazaraton (Associate Professor, Writing Studies)
    “"Aaaaack! The active voice was used!"”: Language play, technology, and repair in the Daily Kos weblog"

Spring 2013

Literacy and rhetorical studies research series 2: steampunk, videogames, and the writing hand

  • David Beard (Associate Professor, Writing Studies, U of MN-Duluth)
    "Utopian memories: The print and material rhetoric of Steampunk" 
  • Betsy Brey (MA student, English, U of MN-Duluth)
    "Digital dialogism: Bakhtin, videogames and story"
  • Christina Haas (Professor, Writing Studies, U of MN-Twin Cities)
    "Beyond the tyranny of the visual: Giving the writing hand its due"

Research with minnesota's students and teachers

  • Martha Bigelow (Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction) and Kendall King (Professor, Curriculum & Instruction)
    "The symbolic power of print literacy among Somali immigrant youth"
  • Heidi J. Jones (Ph.D. Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction)
    "Working-Class English teachers constructing figured worlds"

Spring 2012

Embodied literacies: voice, performance, and space


  • Richard Graff (Associate Professor, Writing Studies)
    "Greek rhetoric In Situ"
  • Judi Petkau  (PhD Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction)
    "Pedagogic address in art space"
  • Candance Doerr-Stevens (PhD Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction)
    "Appropriating a media voice: Multimodal struggle in digital media composition"

Spring 2011

Rhetoric and readers

  • John Logie (Associate Professor, Writing Studies)
    “Rhetorical questions and rhetorical answers on the internet”
  • Kasi Williamson (PhD Candidate, Communication Studies)
    “Reading a nation of readers: Print media, race, and national identity during the Great Depression”

Fall 2010

Rethinking writing: digital storytelling in the college classroom

  • Walt Jacobs (African American & African Studies) and Candance Doerr-Stevens (Graduate student, Curriculum & Instruction)
    Their collaborative research on how undergraduate students in a course used digital storytelling to build and remix identities resulted in a compelling digital story of the research itself, which was screened and discussed. This public event took place on the National Day on Writing.

Spring 2008

Uses of narrative: disciplines, lies and letters

  • Dr. Carol Berkenkotter (Professor, Writing Studies)
    “Transdisciplining narrative”
  • Abigail Davis (PhD Candidate, English)
    “Early American lies: The power of literature to distort the historical record”

Masculine identity construction in social and literacy practices

  • Dr. Timothy Lensmire (Associate Professor, Culture and Teaching and Literacy Education)
    “Laughing white men:  The complex social production of white racial identity”
  • Sara Berrey (PhD Candidate, English)
    “‘You are very scholastic’: Spaces of self education in nineteenth-century boys periodicals; or, ‘Ed’ and the Ventriloquist Detective”
  • Tom Friedrich (PhD Candidate, Literacy Education)
    “‘This is what you need to say, even if it sounds boring’: First-year
    university male student writers as speaking grotesque bodies”

Spring 2007

Ancient Greece, MIT, & the Hmong diaspora

  • Richard Graff (Associate Professor, Rhetoric)
    “The styling of prose in classical Greece”
  • Peter Kizilos-Clift (PhD Candidate, American Studies)
    “Distinguishing MIT: William Barton Rogers and the rhetoric of republicanism in technology education”
  • Mitch Ogden (PhD Candidate, English)
    “Alphabetic wars: Alphabet primers, competing orthographies, and the ideologies of Hmong literacy”

Literacy & identity

  • Cynthia Lewis (Professor, Curriculum & Instruction)
    “Reframing sociocultural research on literacy: Identity, agency, and power”
  • Tom Friedrich (PhD Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction)
    “Male student writers’ encounters with limits: An interview-based, phenomenological study of their stories of writing in high school and college”

Spring 2006

  • Elaine Tarone (Professor, Institute of Linguistics, English as a Second Language, and Slavic Languages and Literatures)
    “The impact of alphabetic literacy on oral language processing by learners of English as a second language”
  • Sara Berrey (PhD Candidate, English)
    “Revision in Emily Dickinson's Fascicle 36: Death, melancholy, and the complicit reader”

Spring 2005

  • Richard Graff (Assistant Professor, Rhetoric)
    “Writing, reading, and ancient theories of prose style”
  • Mitch Ogden (Graduate Student, English)
    “Getting past 1952: Investigation of literacy practices in the Hmong community”
  • Aaron Bruenger (PhD Candidate, English)
    “Tyrannical war and liberating peace: Representing militarism in the progressive era”

Fall 2004

  • Edward Schiappa (Professor, Communication Studies)
    “Beyond representational correctness: Audience versus expert interpretations of popular culture”
  • John Logie (Assistant Professor, Rhetoric)
    “‘Peers,’pirates,’ and the public: Rhetoric in peer-to-peer debates”
  • Abigail Davis (PhD Candidate, English)
    “Editing the prisoners of Niagara: Recovering an American Tom Jones”