Alumni Dissertations


Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Crafting place: Rhetorical practices of the everyday, 2013. (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Hart-Davidson, T. Smith)

Elena Goodwin Garcia, Writing on the factory floor, 2013. (DeVoss, Chair; Lindquist, Rehberg, T. Smith)

Madhu Narayan, Writing the archives: Context, materiality, identity, 2013.  (Powell, Chair; T. Monberg, Rehberger, T. Smith)

Julie Platt, Poetic composition in a digital age, 2013. (DeVoss, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Powell, Rehberger)

Donnie Sackey, The curious case of the Asian carp spatial performances and the making of an invasive species, 2013. (Hart-Davidson, Monberg, Powell, Rehberger)

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, The rhetorical making of the Asian/Asian American face: Reading and writing Asian eyelids, 2013.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Powell, Grabill, Rehberger)

Bonnie Williams, Students’ “write” to their own language: Teaching the African American verbal tradition as a rhetorically effective writing skill, 2013. (Troutman, Chair; DeJoy, Rehberger)


Phill Alexander, Individual copycats: mMtics, identity and collaboration in the “World of Warcraft,” 2012. (DeVoss, Chair; Grabill, Hart-Davidson, Powell)

Matt Cox, Through working closets: Examining rhetorical and narrative approaches to building LGBTQ & professional identity inside a corporate workplace, 2012. (T. Smith, Chair; DeVoss, Hart-Davidson, Powell)

Shreelina Ghosh, Dancing without bodies: Pedagogy and performance in digital spaces, 2012. (Cushman, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Powell, Rehberger)

Daisy Levy, This book called my body: An embodied rhetoric, 2012.  (Powell, Chair; Lindquist, Rehberger, T. Smith)

Les Loncharich, Visual composition in everyday life, 2012. (DeVoss, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Cushman, J. Monberg)

Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, “Theory begins with a story, too”: Listening to the lived experiences of American Indian women, 2012. (Powell, Chair; Lee, T. Smith, Howard)

Cynthia Vagnetti, “This land is good for this animal”: A methodology to see the knowledge dynamics communicated among Sardo-Modicana breeders in a time of scientific uncertainty and technological probabilities, 2012.  (Grabill, Chair; Blythe, DeVoss, Lindquist)

Sue Webb, The inquiry practices of nonfiction writers, 2012.  Hart-Davidson, Chair; Grabill, Powell, L. Smith)

Travis Webster, What ex-exgays can teach us about gay, lesbian, and queer rhetorics, 2012.  (T. Smith, Chair;  Grabill, Lindquist, Powell)


Guiseppe Getto, Toward a rhetoric of infrastructure: Doing new media writing with communities, 2011.  (Grabill, Chair; Halbritter, Lindquist, Rehberger)

Stacey Pigg, Embodied rhetoric in scenes of production: The case of the coffeehouse, 2011.  (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Hart-Davidson, J. Monberg)

Doug Walls, The “human” network: Digital, professional, and cultural access enacted, 2011.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; DeVoss, Grabill, Powell)

Mary Wendt, Institutionalization of digital literacies in four-year Liberal Arts institutions, 2011.  (Blythe, Chair; DeJoy, Halbritter, Hart-Davidson)

Jessica Rivait, Assembling local publics in the digital age, 2011.  (Hart-Davidson, Chair; Blythe, J. Monberg, Sheridan)


Collin Craig, Da’ Art of Story Tellin’: Black masculine literacies and a rhetoric of self-making, 2010. (Powell, Chair; Ellis, Grabill, Lindquist)

Kendall Leon, Building a Chicana rhetoric for Rhetoric and Composition: Methodology, practice, and performance, 2010.  (Powell, Chair; Cushman, Grabill, Lindquist, Ramirez-Dhoore)

Staci Perryman-Clark, Back to the classroom: Afrocentricity and teacher-research in first-year writing, 2010.  (Grabill, Chair; T. Monberg, Powell, Smitherman)


Andréa Davis, Media praxis: Reading cultural institutions, 2009. (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Lindquist, Rehberger)

Michele Fero, Negotiating literacy: The implications of writing program reform in one university, 2009.  (Lindquist, Chair; Grabill, Juzwik, Powell)

Aimée Knight, A rhetoric of aesthetic engagement for the arts and humanities, 2009.  (DeVoss, Cushman, Geissler, Grabill, Tremonte)

Dundee Lackey, Access, health, and literacy: On becoming an informed patient, 2009. (Grabill, Chair; Cushman, DeVoss, Lindquist)

Jim Ridolfo, Practice and theory: A new approach to rhetorical delivery, 2009.  (Lindquist, Chair; Cushman, DeVoss, Hart-Davidson)

Stephanie Sheffield, Peer response of digital and non-digital texts in a composition classroom, 2009. (Swenson, Chair; DeVoss, Sheridan, Wilson)

Robyn Tasaka, Challenges and privileges, entanglement and appropriation: Rhetorical practices of Asian Americans from Hawai’i, 2009.  (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Grabill, T. Monberg)


Meghan Bacino, Genre, practice, and the composition classroom: What students learn about language and community discourse practices through a pedagogy of genre awareness, 2008. (Geissler, Chair; Lindquist, Powell, Wilson)

Qwo-Li Driskill, Yelesalehe hiwayona dikanohogida naiwodusv/ God taught me this song, it is beautiful: Cherokee performance rhetorics as decolonization, healing, and continuance, 2008. (Powell, Chair; Grabill, T. Monberg, Lee)

Angela Haas, A rhetoric of alliance: What American Indians can tell us about digital and visual rhetoric, 2008. (Powell, Chair; DeVoss, Grabill, T. Monberg)

Martine Rife, Rhetorical invention in copyright imbued environments, 2008. (Hart-Davidson, Chair; DeVoss, Grabill, Halbritter)

Stewart Whittemore, Writing memory: A study of memory tools in invention, 2008.  (Grabill, Chair; Hart-Davidson, Lindquist, Porter)

Jay Wirtz, Poets on inventing: Revisioning invention theory, practice and pedagogy within rhetoric, composition, English education and creative writing, 2008. (Julier, Chair; Lindquist, L. Smith, Wilson)


Jill McKay Chrobak, The rhetoric of appropriation: How upper middle class white males flipped the script on hip hop culture and Black language, 2007.  (Powell, Chair; Geissler, Lindquist, Smitherman)

Doug Eyman, Digital rhetoric: Ecologies and economies of digital circulation, 2007. (Porter, Chair; DeVoss, Grabill, Lindquist)


Suzy Rumsey, Multimodal discourse and heritage literacy practices, 2006.  (Cushman, Chair; Lindquist, Powell, Wilson)