Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Dissertations by Writing Studies Graduate Students in English

Recently completed dissertations by graduate students working in writing studies include:

2012

Bannon, Jessica
CAPITALIZING ON LITERACY: FEDERAL ADULT EDUCATION POLICY IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Chair:  Peter Mortensen; and Cathy Prendergast, Paul Prior, Kate Vieira

Bowen, Lauren Marshall
REWRITING THE AGING BODY: LITERACY, TECHNOLOGY AND HISTORY
Chair: Peter Mortensen; and Paul Prior, Gail Hawisher, Melissa Littlefield

Buck, Amber
LIFE, LEARNING, AND LITERACY ON THE SOCIAL NETWORK: DIGITAL PARTICIPATORY CULTURE
Chair: Gail Hawisher; and Paul Prior, Spencer Schaffner, Lisa Nakamura

Burns, Michael
THE RHETORICS OF COMMUNITY SPACE: CRITICAL EVENTS IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA'S BLACK FREEDOM MOVEMENT
Chair: Cathy Prendergast; and Peter Mortensen, Rebecca Ginsburg, Clarence Lang

Herb, Amelia
DISCIPLINARY DISCOURSE: EXPLICATING RHETORICAL AND SOCIOLINGUISTIC NETWORKS IN THE ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY
Chair: Peter Mortensen; and Gail Hawisher, Janet Keller, Kathryn Labarre

Holding, Cory
RHETORICAL GESTURES IN BRITISH ELOCUTION
Chair: Debra Hawhee; and Gail Hawisher, Paul Prior, Rick Powers, Ted Underwood

Webber, Martha
CRAFTING CITIZENS: MATERIAL RHETORIC, CULTURAL INTERMEDIARIES, AND THE AMAZWI ABESIFAZANE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL QUILT PROJECT
Chair: Peter Mortensen; and Catherine Prendergast, Spencer Schaffner, Mimi Thi Nguyen

2011

Berry, Patrick
BEYOND HOPE: RHETORICS OF MOBILITY, POSSIBILITY, AND LITERACY
Chair:  Peter Mortensen; and Anne Haas Dyson, Gail Hawisher, Catherine Prendergast, Paul Prior

Looker, Samantha
ENACTING AND INTERROGATING THE “ACADEMIC” IN UNDERGRADUATE LANGUAGE AND LITERACY PRACTICES
Chair:  Paul Prior; and Gail Hawisher, Sarah McCarthey, Spencer Schaffner

Bellwoar, Hannah
SOCIOCULTURAL STUDIES OF BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE IN EVERYDAY LITERATE LIFEWORLDS
Chair:  Paul Prior; and Peter Mortensen, Melissa Littlefield, Debra Hawhee

Bilbro, Rebecca
ENGINEERING LITERACY: THE PRACTICE OF DISCIPLINE
Chair: Paul Prior; and Bob Markley, Dale Bauer, Spencer Schaffner

2010

Olson, Christa
CONSTITUTIVE VISIONS: INDIGENEITY, VISUAL CULTURE, AND THE RHETORICS  OF ECUADORIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY
Chair: Debra Hawhee, Ralph Cintron; and Peter Mortensen, Cara Finnegan, Amalia
Pallares

Walls, Nicole
WHERE LANGUAGE IS MADE: LANGUAGE PLANNING AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LITERACY AND LANGUAGE WORK
Chair: Catherine Prendergast; and Peter Mortensen, Dennis Baron, Cameron McCarthy

2009

Fraiberg, Steven
ENGLISH, ISRAEL, AND GLOBALIZATION: A SOCIOHISTORIC STUDY ON LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL SHIFT
Chair:  Paul Prior; and Gail Hawisher, Michele Koven, Ralph Cintron

Tombro, Melissa
PERFORMANCE STUDIES AND THE REINVENTION OF "I" IN COMPOSITION: MOVING MYSELF BEYOND A TEXTUAL MODEL
Chair: Debra Hawhee; and Spencer Schaffner, Julia Walker, Norman Denzin

2008

Ching, Kory
"OUT OF THE SHADOWS: RETHINKING RESPONSE THROUGH THE INSTRUCTOR-LED PEER CONFERENCE"
Chair: Paul Prior; and Gail Hawisher, Peter Mortensen, Sarah McCarthey

Gossett, Katherine
"FROM MANUSCRIPT TO MULTIMEDIA: ILLUMINATING MEMORY AND RE[IMAGE]NING COMPOSITION"
Chair: Martin Camargo; and Gail Hawisher, Joyce Walker, Anne Hedeman, Joseph Squier

VanIttersum, Derek
"REASSEMBLING WRITING TECHNOLOGIES: HISTORICAL AND SITUATED STUDIES OF RHETORICAL ACTIVITY"
Chair: Gail Hawisher; and Paul Prior, Peter Mortense, Chip Bruce

Lamanna, Carrie
DISCIPLINING IDENTITIES: FEMINISM, NEW MEDIA, AND 21ST CENTURY RESEARCH PRACTICES
Chair: Hawisher; and Paul Prior, Nan Elizabeth Googin, Ramona Curry

May 2007

Hudson, John
"SILENT READERS, SILENCED READERS: LGBT STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF LGBT REPRESENTATION IN COMPOSITION READERS"
Chair: Peter Leslie Mortensen; and Gail Hawisher, Catherine Prendergast, Cheryl Cole

2007

Baldridge, Elizabeth
"MEDICALIZED ILLITERACIES: LEARNING DISABILITIES, ONTENTIOUS HISTORIES, AND WRITING STUDIES"
Chair: Peter Leslie Mortensen; and Catherine Prendergast, Spencer Schaffner, Gail Hawisher

Owens, Hensley Kim
"RHETORICAL LABOR: WRITING, CHILDBIRTH, AND THE INTERNET"
Chairs Debra Hawhee and Peter Mortensen; Gail Hawisher, Catherine Prendergast, Leslie Reagan

Solberg, Janine
"PRETTY TYPEWRITERS: GENDER, TECHNOLOGY, AND LITERACY IN CAREER ADVICE LITERATURE FOR WOMEN"
Chairs Peter Mortensen and Gail Hawisher; Debra Hawhee, Paul Prior

Wan, Amy
"PRODUCING GOOD CITIZENS: LITERACY AND CITIZENSHIP TRAINING IN ANXIOUS TIMES"
Chair: Peter Mortensen; and Gail Hawisher, Catherine Prendergast, Debra Hawhee

2006

Purdy, James
"DIGITAL ARCHIVES AND THE TURN TO DESIGN"
Chair: Gail Hawisher; and Debra Hawhee, Cara Finnegan, Peter Mortensen