Dr. John R. Gallagher

Assistant Professor of English


Professional Writing, Writing Studies


I research the ways that writers contend with interactive and participatory audiences on the Internet, including via user design. I teach technical writing, including search engine optimization, data visualization, visual rhetoric, interviewing techniques, document design, and digital rhetoric. I value students as holistic people and not a set of skills. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Writing Studies
  • Audience Theory
  • Web 2.0
  • New Media
  • Online Participatory Cultures
  • User design
  • Online ethics
  • Search Engine Optimization

Research Description

  • I study the way writers contend with participatory audiences in the context of Web 2.0. I specialize in qualitative research methods; in particular, case study methodologies. I also draw on quantitative methods, such as web-scraping and computational analysis, to study online comments and participatory audiences. 


  • BTW 250
  • BTW 490
  • ENGL 582
  • ENGL 380
  • ENGL 482


Book Contributions

  • "Standardized Typography in Interactive Internet Environments." Type Matters: The Rhetoricity of Letterforms. Ed. Dànielle N. DeVoss and CS Wyatt. Parlor Press, 2018. 308-333.
  • "Monitoring and Managing Online Comments in Science Journalism." Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication: Scholarly and Pedagogical Perspectives. Ed. Godwin Agboka. Routledge, 2018. 137-152.

Journal Articles

  • "Enacting Virtue Ethics." Rhetoric Review 37.4 (2018): 379-384.
  • "Considering the Comments: Theorizing Online Audiences as Emergent Processes." Computers and Composition 48 (2018): 34-48.
  • "Writing for Algorithmic Audiences." Computers and Composition: An International Journal 45 (2017): 25-35.
  • "Challenging the Monetized Template." enculturation 24 (2017): 4 Apr. 2017. <http://enculturation.net/challenging_the_monetized_template>.
  • "Five Strategies Internet Writers Use to “Continue the Conversation”." Written Communication 32.4 (2015): 396-425.
  • "The Rhetorical Template." Computers and Composition: An International Journal 34.1 (2015): 1-11.
  • "The Emotion for Opening the Text Message." Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship 22.2 (2012): 36-43.

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