RCTE Graduate Students




Sally Benson – 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Carceral studies; Prison education; Prison journalism; Gang identities and rhetorics; Community engagement; Community literacy; Transformational writing programs.
Elizabeth Bentley – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetorics of peace and conflict; Transnational feminisms; Action-oriented research; Social justice media; Digital participatory culture and multimodal pedagogy.
Christopher Brown – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Composition studies; Student belief structures; Critical thinking pedagogy; Curriculum development; Professional writing; Rhetoric and religious traditions.
Thir Budhathoki – 2017

Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetorics of race, caste and class; Writing studies: translingual, decolonial and postprocess theories and pedagogies; Professional and Technical writing.

Tamara Carter – 2015
Teaching/Research interests: Rhetoric of dilution effects and language biases; Mere exposure theory; Non-Standard English in the classroom; Critical race theory; Students’ rights to their own language.


Julie Christen – 2018


Teaching / Research Interests: Professional and technical writing; Feminism in tech; Writing program administration; First-Year Composition; Service-Learning pedagogies; Mixed methods composition research; Feminist rhetorics; Emotion in composition.

Casely Coan – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Embodied rhetorics; Sexual rhetorics; LGBTQ & sexuality studies; Performance studies; Sexual and relational literacies.
Maria Conti Maravillas – 2014
Teaching / Research Interests: First-year writing; Writing program administration; Summer bridge programs; Writing centers; Basic writing; Prison writing/activism; Community engagement/service-learning; Second language writing; Assessment.

Professional website: https://contimaravillas.weebly.com

Teresa Davis – 2018


Teaching / Research Interests: Digital/multimodal composition; Rhetoric of race and class in journalism and mass media; Usability in writing and design; Teacher and tutor training and support; Visual and spatial rhetoric related to inclusivity/exclusivity; Dominant culture studies.

Dana Ferbrache-Darr – 2017

Teaching / Research Interests: Emanicaptory pedagogy; STEM second language writers. 

Alyssa Higgins – 2017

Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetoric of gentrification; Studies of whiteness/white supremacy; Border studies; Reciprocity in research; Teacher training and support; Social justice curriculum design.

Zachary Hill – 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Multimodal composition and literacy; Food studies; Game studies; Visual/spatial rhetorics.


Brooke Hotez – 2015


Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetoric of dissent; Propaganda and democracy; Rights rhetoric; Identification; Framing theory; Rhetorical uptake and memory; voice; problem-posing rhetorical education and critical consciousness; The Activist WPA; Antiracist writing assessment ecologies.

Eric House – 2014
Teaching / Research Interests: Hip-Hop rhetorics; African-American rhetorical formations; Race critical theories; Critical pedagogy; Composition theory; Composition pedagogy.
Charisse Iglesias – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Service learning, Community literacy and outreach, Genre Studies, Composition theory, Multimodal pedagogy.
Brad Jacobson – 2012
Teaching / Research Interests: Writing studies; Genre studies; K-16 Writing Pedagogy; Digital storytelling; Community literacy; Service-Learning; Qualitative research methods.

Jacquelyne Kibler – 2017


Teaching / Research Interests: Contemplative pedagogy; Mindfulness; First-year composition; Writing and cognition; Rhetoric and childbirth.

Sallie Koenig – 2018


Teaching / Research Interests: Performance rhetorics; Creative and interactive pedagogies; Embodiment rhetoric; Decolonizing course curriculum Pedagogy of play, storytelling and oral tradition; Rhetorics of race and class.

Jason Knowles – 2017


Teaching/Research Interests: Economic rhetoric; Labor rhetoric; Visual and film rhetoric; Ideology and rhetoric;  Writing program and writing center administration.

Shane Kraus – 2014
Teaching / Research Interests: Public discourse and rhetoric; Conflict rhetoric; Political rationality; Expressivist Pedagogy; Creative writing studies; Racial literacy; Continental philosophy.

Kathleen Kryger – 2018


Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetorical circulation; Feminist rhetorical theory; Psychology and mental health in composition; WAC/WID; Genre studies; Professional and technical writing; Writing assessment and placement.

Cheryl Kutcher – 2017


Teaching / Research Interests: Intersections between race, violence, bodies, minds, and language; Border studies; Pedagogies of peace; Collaboration, community, and art; Cultural studies; Feminist pedagogies and rhetorics; Gender and women’s studies.

Adele Leon – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Writing across the Curriculum; Professional & Technical Writing; Writing program and writing center administration; Digital and multimodal rhetoric.
Prairie Markussen – 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Technology pedagogy; War poetry; Creative pedagogy; Intentionality pedagogy; Composition theory; Creative nonfiction.


Jay McClintick – 2018


Teaching / Research Interests: Anti-racist pedagogies; Decolonial/neuroqueer approaches to multi-modality, composition, and writing; Cultural rhetorics as methodology; Rhetoric of labor activism centered on unrecognized workers.

Grace O'Connor – 2017


Teaching / Research Interests: Metacognition in the classroom; Metacognition and creative writing; Ethics of encapsulating trauma in creative works; Text World Theory; Community literacy; Composition studies.

J. Paul Padilla – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetoric and composition studies; Decolonial studies; Visual rhetoric.
Madelyn Tucker Pawlowski – 2012
Teaching / Research Interests: Genre studies; Writing studies; Teacher development; Second language writing; Writing program administration.
Anushka Peres – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Queer ecologies; Environmental rhetorics and communication; Transnational feminisms; Visual culture and visual/spatial rhetorics; Sexuality and aesthetics; Community engagement pedagogies; Participatory arts based research methods.

Marisa Pesa – 2017


Teaching / Research Interests: Environmental rhetorics; Spatial rhetorics; Rhetoric of food; Postcolonial theory; Comics studies; Service-Learning.

Alejandra Ramírez – 2014
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetorics of liberation, decolonization and revolution; Non-dominant, anti-oppressive educational praxis. Mexican and Xicana epistemologies, art, muralism and social movements. Qualitative research; Institutional Policy.
Berte Reyes – 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Hate rhetorics; Digital rhetoric; Rhetoric and temporality; Gaming and gaming culture; Critical theory; Queer theory; Social movements and movement building.
Michelle Rose – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetoric of gender identity; Ties between Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF) and radical conservative philosophy; Systematic analysis of rhetoric; Composition techniques.
Joanna Sanchez-Avila – 2014
Teaching / Research Interests: Honduran rhetorics; Honduran-American rhetorics; Central American rhetorics; Hauntology, memory: narrative, affect, and counter-memory; Feminist of color theories and pedagogies.
Emily Jo Schwaller – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Feminist rhetorics; Kinesthetic learning; Composition pedagogy; Reading cultures.
Amy Takabori – 2016

Teaching/Research Interests: Embodied rhetoric and rhetoric of embodiment, emotion studies; Prison education: Genre studies; First-year writing; Critical pedagogy; Second language acquisition; TESOL.



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