Writing Studies

We are one of the top national programs for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in Writing Studies and its many subfields (including but not limited to composition and rhetoric, discourse studies, literacy studies, language studies, computers and composition, and new-media studies). English graduate students working in writing studies engage in research ranging from historical archival research to ethnographic field work to online digital research.

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English faculty and graduate students working in Writing Studies are affiliated with the interdisciplinary Center for Writing Studies on our campus. The Center for Writing Studies coordinates the Writers Workshop, a Writing Across the Curriculum program, and a graduate concentration for graduate students across campus.

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Writing Studies Faculty

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Dennis Baron
English language history and structure; language legislation and minority language rights; technologies of communication; language and law
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Dale Bauer
19th and 20th-Century American Literature, Gender Studies
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Martin Camargo
Medieval rhetoric and poetics; Middle English literature
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Peter Mortensen
History of rhetoric and literacy in the U.S., qualitative study of literacy, research ethics
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Cathy Prendergast
Writing Studies, Disability Studies
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Eric Darnell Pritchard
Literacy; composition theory; rhetoric; community-based writing; qualitative research methods; historiography; African-American literature; LGBT literature; black feminism; queer theory; black queer studies; hip hop studies; race and masculinities; fashion and performance.
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Paul A Prior
Writing Studies, Literate Activity, Dialogic Theory, Semiotic Practice, Applied Linguistics, Genre, CHAT and ANT.
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Kelly Ritter
Archival Studies and Historiography; Writing Program Administration; Composition Theory; Pedagogical Theory; Digital Rhetorics and Online Discourse
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Lindsay Rose Russell
histories of the English Language, English language lexicography and description, rhetorical theory and practice, rhetorical genre studies, feminist historiography
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Spencer Schaffner
born-digital scholarship, brain-based writing disorders, writing pedagogy, writing and shame

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