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Graduate Profiles

Current Graduate Students

Burdette

Name: Will Burdette

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing, Digital Literacies and Literature)

Projects: Tracing the spaces where writing and audio recording intersect.

Research Interests: Digital Writing and Rsearch, Techno-Theory, Rhetoric, Audio Recording Technologies

Detweiler

Name: Eric Detweiler

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: Forthcoming dissertation ("Pedagogical Turnings") exploring tropes of authority in both historical and current relations between rhetoric students and teachers. Assistant Director of Digital Writing and Research Lab.

Publications: "Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies Through Alternate Reality Games." Kairos 17.3 (2013). "'I Was Just Doing a Little Joke There': Irony and the Paradoxes of the Sitcom in The Office." Journal of Popular Culture 45.4 (2012)

Research interests: rhetoric and writing pedagogy, rhetorical theory, ethics, digital rhetorics, popular culture, puns.

Foley

Name: Marjorie Foley

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: Immersive Environments, Rhetoric Interest Group

Research Interests: Clarity and obscurity, academic rhetoric, composition pedagogy, digital literacy

Gerdes

Name: Kendall Joy Gerdes

Program: MA/PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Website: http://www.visualcv.com/kendalljoy

Projects: Spring 2011 MA Report on the performative force of humility in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest

Research Interests: Ancient rhetorics, queer rhetorics, performativity, humility, David Foster Wallace

Name: Tekla Hawkins

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literature)

Projects: DWRL Games Group, Graduate Student Rhetoric Interest Group

Research Interests: Digital narratives, arguments of legitimacy, pedagogy & new media

Publications: "The Role of Elijah in Ulysses Metempsychosis" Texas Studies in Literature and Language 51:4, "The Avatar that Therefore I Am (Following)" Currents in Electronic Literacy. 2010. Co-authored with Trevor Hoag. (Forthcoming).

Hedengren

Name: Mary Hedengren

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: Rhetoric in emerging nations

Research Interests: Rhetoric of poetics, identification, nationalism, WAC/WID, writing programs, assessment

Publications: "The Service-Learning Brochure: A Proposed Solution to the Problems of Service Learning in the Composition Classroom.” With Jon Ogden. Locutorium 2009. Web.
“Burke on Art and Propaganda.” Kenneth Burke Journal. 2011.
“Residual Nations and Cyberyugoslavia.” Present Tense. (Forthcoming).


Nelson

Name: Scott Nelson

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literature, Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects:  Rhetorical Peaks; The Agon

Research Interests: Gaming pedagogy, code studies, DWRL, & multimodal literacies

Rechnitz

Name: Andrew Rechnitz

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: "The Agon"

Research Interests: High Theory, New Media Theory, Sophistic Rhetoric

Education: B.A. Boston College, M.A. Colorado State

Stickney

Name: Stephanie Stickney

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literatures, Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: Digital Literatures, new media and pedagogy

Research Interests: Digital Literatures and online Fiction and Poetry Journals

Wall

Name: Amanda Wall

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literatures, Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: DWRL Audio/Video Research Group, Grad Student Rhetoric Interest Group

Research Interests: Online argumentation, online communities, public & civic discourse, rhetorical genre theory, fan culture

Publications: "Representing Gender: Constructing a Feminine Identity in the House of Representatives." Research in Political Sociology. Co-authored with Sheri Kunovich. Forthcoming 2012.


Recent Alumni


Battistelli

Name: Todd Battistelli

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Website: http://locus.dwrl.utexas.edu/battistelli/

Projects: Forthcoming dissertation titled Appeals to Reason: Negotiating Rhetorical Propriety and Dialectical Constraints in Church-State Separation Discourse.

Research Interests: History of Rhetoric, Composition, Political and Judicial Discourse, & the Rhetoric of Church-State Separation

Coulson

Name: Doug Coulson

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2013

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Website: www.dougcoulson.info

Research Interests: Legal Rhetoric, Political Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Race and Nationality; History of Rhetoric, Modernism

Dieter

Name: Eric Dieter

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing)

Projects: Completing dissertation, tentatively title "Enduring Character: The Persistence of Ethos and the Problems with Authenticity in the 2008 Presidential Election"

Program & Curriculum Coordinator, Students Partnering with Undergraduates for Rhetoric Success (SPURS) Program, UT-Austin's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Research Interests: Ethos and authenticity; American campaign politics; public debates on politics and policy; rhetoric and composition; rhetoric and literature, particularly 20th-century American; transitioning from high school to college writing; teaching English / writing teachers

Other: DRW Assistant Director, 2004-2007. Member, Rhetoric Interest Group (RIG)

Jones

Name: John Jones

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literature), 2011

Current Position: Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

Dissertation: "Embodied Rhetoric: Memory and Delivery in Networked Writing"

Research Interests: Technology and Writing, New Media studies, Digital Media and Learning


Hoag

Name: Trevor Hoag

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2013

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Christopher Newport University

Projects: Dissertation: "Leaving the Umbrella: A Rhetorical Ethics of Forgetting"

Research Interests: Histories and theories of rhetoric(s), memory and forgetting studies, theories of writing, digital media, continental philosophy, rhetoric and philosophy (especially ethics), pedagogical theories.

King

Name: Matt King

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2012

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literature at St. Bonaventure University

Website: http://instructors.dwrl.utexas.edu/king/

Research Interests: Rhetorics of Identification, 20th Century American Literature, New Media, Videogames

Kreuter

Name: Nate Kreuter

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2010

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University

Disseration: "Rhetorical Intelligence: The Role of Rhetoric in the US Intelligence Community"

Research Interests: Political Rhetoric, Modernism, Prose Style, Epistemology, Visual and Digital Rhetorics, Pedagogy

McCarthy

Name: Sean McCarthy

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literature), 2012

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University

Research Interests: Digital Literacies, Community Engagement

Mulliken

Name: Jasmine Mulliken

Program: PhD, English (Digital Literacies and Literature), 2011

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Research Interests: James Joyce, Digital Literature and Literacies, Digital Identities, Media Theory

Odom

Name: Stephanie Odom

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2013

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler

Research Interests: Composition pedagogy, writing in the disciplines, rhetoric and poetics


Name: Amy Root

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2010

Current Position: Chair, Humanities Division, Concordia University Texas

Research Interests: Modernism, American Literary Publishing, Kenneth Burke

DSmith

Name: Dale Smith

Program: PhD, English (Rhetoric and Writing), 2011

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto

Website: http://rhetoricandpublics.wordpress.com/

Research Interests: Rhetorical Studies, Poetics, Public Culture, Art, Activism, and Technology

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