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: Rhetorics of conversion; Religion and secularism in composition theory; Liberation theology and pedagogy; Writing and student motivation.
Rachel Buck – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Writing studies; Literacy studies; Rhetorical Genre studies; Service learning; Literacy Narratives; Basic Writing; Feminist pedagogy; Archival practices; WAC/WID.

Thir Budhathoki - 2017


Teaching / Research Interests: Postcolonial, transnational, and transcultural literacies and rhetorics; Critical pedagogy; Writing  studies, writing program/center administration, and  professional/technical communication.

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.


Casely Coan – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Queer theory; Sexuality studies; Transgender studies; Rhetorics of performance; Rhetorics of embodiment; Feminist pedagogy.
Maria Conti – 2014

Teaching / Research Interests: Writing program administration; Student success; Basic writing; Summer bridge programs; First-year composition; Writing centers; Prison  writing/activism; Assessment; Community engagement and service-learning; Composition theory and pedagogy.

Dana Ferbrache-Darr - 2017


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

Al Harahap – 2012
Teaching / Research Interests: Critical, democratic pedagogies; Critical theory; Cultural studies; Grad professionalization; Teacher development; Institutional policy; WPA, WAC/WID, WCs in the political economy and austerity.

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.


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; Disability studies; Feminist pedagogy and rhetoric.
Brad Jacobson – 2012
Teaching / Research Interests: Writing studies; Genre studies; K-16 Writing Pedagogy; Digital storytelling; Community literacy; Service-Learning; Qualitative research methods.
Regina Kelly – 2011

Teaching / Research Interests: Community literacy engagement and outreach; Critical discourse analysis; Youth participatory action research.


Jacquelyne Kibler - 2017


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

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.

Cheryl Kutcher


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.

Marisa Sandoval Lamb – 2012

Teaching / Research Interests: Composition pedagogy; Technical and professional writing; Rural literacies; Multimodal composing and digital literacies; The National Writing Project; Service-learning; Athletics.

Adele Leon – 2016
Teaching / Research Interests: Writing across the Curriculum; Evolving composition pedagogy; 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.


Maggie Melo – 2013
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetoric of innovation; Hacker and maker cultures (tech extension of DIY movement); Critical digital pedagogy; Digital humanities.

Grace O'Connor


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.
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.
Roberto Reyes - 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Digital rhetoric and composition; Hate rhetorics; Rhetoric, power, and oppression; Social justice movement building; Xican@/Latin@ studies; Race/Gender/Sexuality performativity; New media and social justice organizing.
David Rick – 2012
Teaching / Research Interests: Rhetorics of the fantastic, fiction, and creative writing; Expression and inclusion as liberatory pedagogy; Creative pedagogy and pedagogy of play; New media and game studies.
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: Feminist pedagogies; Feminist of Color theories; Transcultural memory; Memory and narrative; Memory and affect; Hauntings as counter-memory; Honduran and Honduran-American transnational experience; Writing studies; Fat studies; Media studies.
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.

Brooke Willock - 2015
Teaching / Research Interests: Philosophy of rhetoric and writing; The work of Ann E. Berthoff; Theory of imagination; Liberation pedagogy and critical consciousness; Drama in the classroom;, Spiritual sites of composing.



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