Current Students

Namrata Bhadania

Namrata Ashvin Bhadania is a full time PhD student at Old Dominion University. Her research interests include rhetoric of health and medicine, digital humanities, gender and media studies, feminist methodologies, rhetoric of identiry, cultural studies and comparative studies. She is examining the epistemological and ontological rhetorical issues of women and gender, especially marginalized women going through psychological and physical risks of cultural practices.

Cassandra Book
Cassandra is the Associate Director of the University Writing Center at the University of Louisville. Her research interests intersect writing centers, writing program administration, graduate student enculturation, and feminist methodologies.
Constance Bracewell

I am a native of North Carolina and hold an M.A. in English from Appalachian State University and an M.Ed. in Adult Training and Development from NC State University. I have previously completed 111 hours in coursework and dissertation hours in the PhD program in Literature with the University of Arizona. My research focuses on situating American Indian literature as a literature of diaspora and a telling counterpoint to the trajectory of ideals of American Exceptionalism. I focus mainly on the works of Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, and other contemporary fiction authors, but I also dabble with early American Indian texts and the early American literary canon, American nature writing, and American Indian ecological writing. As a writing teacher, I am interested in stretch/WAC writing and digitally-enhanced approaches to student writing. 

Nathanael J. Cloyd

I am an adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where I teach writing studies, science fiction, and critical theory. My research interests currently focus on what amounts to the conjunction between post-9/11 American narratives, affect theory, cultural studies, critical theory, rhetoric, multiliteracy studies, genre studies, science fiction studies, horror studies, fantasy studies, popular literature, and the role of emotion in the narrative.

Bruce Craft

Bruce A. Craft is an Instructor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University and a backyard chicken farmer. He holds degrees from Tulane, Northwestern State, and LSU. At ODU, his doctoral concentrations are Literary & Cultural Studies and Technology/New Media. His research interests are Southern literature and culture, Grit Lit, digital ethnography, and the intersection between literature and philosophy. Bruce is currently researching how contemporary digital spaces of the New South (re)appropriate past cultural artifacts. Bruce also studies the Louisiana Redbones and the Melungeons of Appalachia. Bruce and his wife enjoy kayaking, fishing, and spending time in the south Louisiana marsh.

Cristina De Leon-Menjivar

Cristina works for Norfolk State University and Western Oklahoma State College as an instructor. Her research interests include rhetoric and literature from the medieval and early modern periods, particularly religious and feminist texts. She is also interested in composition pedagogy and seeks to find ways to create culturally-inclusive classroom spaces.

Miranda L. Egger

Miranda L. Egger is a Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Composition at the University of Colorado Denver. She teaches first-year composition courses, multimedia and digital composition, logic & argumentation, and the teaching assistant practicum. In her *spare* time, she’s finishing coursework for a Ph.D. in Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse Studies (with an emphasis in Technology and Media Studies) at Old Dominion University. Her professional and academic interests include: Literacy Studies (particularly theories of reading and writing connections); situating reading in theories of rhetorical circulation; networked, digital technologies of communication; WPA scholarship; and pedagogies that address online education, especially for at-risk undergraduate students.  

Amy Flessert
Amy is a part-time PhD student concentrating on rhetoric and media studies, while also working as a full time assistant professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. Her foremost research interest includes the intersection of ESL language speakers in the college composition classroom and how to best help these students succeed at college writing tasks.
Dana Gavin

Dana is a PhD candidate at Old Dominion University, and an adjunct at colleges in the Hudson Valley of New York. Her research focuses on the human/non-human assemblages embedded in the developing print culture in Victorian England. She is working on digital projects to enhance her research in these areas, with the goal of making those projects accessible to the public. She also invested in feminist rhetoric, media depictions of masculinity, and popular culture.

Nicole Hancock
My research focuses on the need for placement reform at community colleges. I am interested in the unique constraints of a mid-size community college and how one-size-fits-all commercial assessments can be detrimental to certain student subgroups.
A Lorean (Lori) Hartness

A Lorean (Lori) Hartness is a PhD Candidate divided between two worlds: her home in Oklahoma and her home in Tidewater, VA. She is researching the intersection between poetry and the Caribbean diaspora, investigating contemporary Caribbean poets who live in North America but write back to their complex origins through their explorations of language and history.

Jennifer Hartshorn

Jennifer is the Learning Resources Coordinator for the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta campus, where she supervises the Writers' Studio and Tutoring Center. She is also a part-time doctoral student at ODU, where her primary research interests focus on workplace writing genres and processes. However, she also publishes and presents on a wide range of composition-related and popular culture topics, including roleplaying games, gothic horror, and science fiction.

Heather Erin Herbert
A part-time PhD student focused on discourse and cultural studies while teaching FYC at a variety of institutions, my research interests focus on how women’s online discursive agency is impacted by gendered silencing behaviors. In short, I read the comments, which I do not recommend to anyone else.
Jennifer Hitchcock
My PhD emphasis is in rhetoric, writing, and discourse studies with a secondary emphasis in college writing pedagogy. My dissertation research focuses on using rhetorical frame analysis to examine social movement discourse. Other research interests include college writing pedagogy, transfer theory in writing studies, and social movement rhetorics.
Ruth Annaliese Holmes

Ruth is a PhD candidate who teaches composition and British literature at Lord Fairfax Community College. Her research interests include sociocultural influences on writing practices, author-reader relationships, print culture, the eighteenth-century British novel, and feminist and queer methodologies.

Angela Jacobs
Angela currently works as an English Instructor at Livingstone College where she teaches Freshman Composition and Victorian Literature. Her research interests include first-year composition, pedagogy, oral histories, archives, and feminist methodologies.
Sarah Johnson
Sarah is the Writing Program Administrator at a private K-12 school in Chattanooga, TN. Her research interests lie at the intersection of rhet/comp and pedagogy with a narrower focus on dual enrollment composition and identity constructs.
D'An Knowles Ball
D’An is examining the epistemological and ontological rhetorical issues that arise between aesthetics and authenticity in immersive simulation environments. As a communications and digital design professional and instructor, she is primarily focused on visual rhetoric, new media, virtual rhetoric, and material-semiotic networks.
Megan McKittrick
Megan McKittrick is a PhD candidate, working at the nexus of game studies and technical communication, specifically risk communication. Her dissertation examines the way serious games communicate environmental risk. She is a lecturer in the Department of English at Old Dominion University, teaching composition, technical, scientific, and digital writing.
A. Luxx Mishou
I research the representation of material identities in literature and culture, focusing on deviance and gender in Victorian novels, comic books, and cosplay spaces.
Alex C. Nielsen
Alex is a full-time PhD student at Old Dominion University. His research interests include the rhetoricity of online course management systems, the role of digitality in student agency, and the nature of disclosure and transparency in liberatory pedagogy.
Monica Reyes

My research interests include: cultural rhetorics; Chicana feminism; critical refugee studies; transnational rhetorical feminism; and rhetorical ecologies. 

Julie Sorge Way

Julie teaches British Literature and writing courses at James Madison University. Her research explores the evolving narrative of female identity in 19th and 20th-century women's periodicals and advice literature, digital humanities, critical making, and UX design in the archive. 

Megan Weaver
My research focuses on critical language awareness as an equitable stance towards language in the writing classroom. Also, I support writing instructors by facilitating professional development opportunities on critical language awareness pedagogy.
Rachel Willis

Rachel Van Hofwegen Willis is an instructor of English in the Westover Honors College at the University of Lynchburg, teaching courses in composition, literature, and fun special topics like the cultural legacies of Sherlock Holmes or the ecologies of dystopian fiction. She is interested in the intersection of literature, rhetoric, and the culture industry, and her research interests include the digital humanities, violent masculinities, rhetoric and culture, and pedagogy. 

Carol Wittig

Carol Wittig is an academic research librarian and Head of Research & Instruction at Boatwright Library, The University of Richmond.  Her research interests include first-year students and their literacy practices, the relationship between writing, research, and library instruction, and the history of information literacy. Carol’s dissertation focus is on the historical intersections of academic literacies within writing studies and library literacies, drawing from a three-tiered model of distant reading using text and data mining of library journal scholarship, citation analysis, and close reading.