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The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

ISSN: 2472-7318

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Meet the Authors

Dr. M. O’Brien is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Central Washington University on ancestral Yakama Nation land. Their work focuses on Asian North American and Asian diasporic literatures and theory, multiculturalism, comparative raciality, and transpacific studies. They are currently completing a manuscript that examines connections between forced migration and constructions of race in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Postcolonial Text, New Global Studies, The Comparatist, and Antipodes.

 

Cynthia Pengilly (Ph.D., Old Dominion University) is an Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of the Technical Writing Program at Central Washington University. She teaches courses in technical and professional communication, cultural rhetorics, medical/health rhetoric, and new media. Her research explores rhetoric, technology, and activism with a particular focus on competing representations and articulations of identity in online spaces. She also specializes in digital rhetoric and innovative pedagogical strategies in online writing instruction (OWI) and online tutoring. Dr. Pengilly has several forthcoming articles and book chapters.

 


Writer, educator and cultural activist Clara Oropeza earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Mythology and Literature from Pacifica Graduate Institute. A contributor to Sagewoman and Minerva Rising, she is also the author of Anais Nin: A Myth of Her Own (2019). She teaches at Santa Barbara City College, where her research combines comparative mythology, feminist and literary studies and cultural theory.

 

 

 

 


Jen Almjeld is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University. She teaches courses in research, media theory, and composition. Her recent publications appear in Computers and Composition, Kairos and Girlhood Studies.

 

 

 

 

Traci Zimmerman is a Professor in (and the former Director of) the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC) at James Madison University.  Currently, she serves as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters.  Her research interests are primarily focused on authorship/intellectual property, language and the law, and digital literacies, though her work as an administrator has prompted her to investigate more actively inclusive labor practices and transformative framings of feminist work.

 

 


Shannon Lodoen is a doctoral student in the Department of English at the University of Waterloo. She completed her Honours BA in English Literature and Rhetoric at the University of Waterloo (2016) and her MA at Western University’s Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (2019). Her main areas of interest are rhetoric, semiotics, and discourse analysis, with a special focus on how narratives of progress (technological, national, social, etc.) are rhetorically constructed and disseminated by dominant groups in society.

 

 



Malaka Friedman is a Ph.D. student in the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University and the current Graduate Extension Assistant for the Hill Library Makerspace. She is also a member of Making Space, which works to provide a series of talks and workshops to confront bias and systemic barriers to inclusion within STEM fields, and a member of the Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. (vMLK) Project Team. Originally from Albuquerque, Malaka has worked in teaching in various contexts including: high school, college, and continuing adult education courses. Malaka's research interests have been impacted from what she has learned from her students, particularly the challenges facing students when it comes to accessing the necessary tools to complete their education. Subsequently, her research interests include digital literacy, access to digital technologies, digital divide, transfer rhetoric, online/hybrid instruction, multimodality, and digital/media ethnography. 


 

Sarah Seeley is an Assistant Professor in the teaching stream at University of Toronto Mississauga. She teaches first-year writing as a member of the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, and her research interests include language ideology, writing pedagogy, and academic labor practices. Sarah loves to cook and craft, and she practices yoga daily.

 

 


Alex Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University, where her research focuses on the experiences of single mothers in higher education. In addition to the experiences of single mothers, her research interests also include feminist rhetorics, institutional rhetoric, language politics, and writing program administration.  Her work has appeared in Composition Studies and Xchanges, and is forthcoming in Writers: Craft & Context.

 

 

 


Michael David Measel is a Graduate Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric in the English Department and Clemson University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design in Clemson’s English Department. His research emphases are in Burkean studies and sonic rhetorics, with a focus on music and rhetoric. Michael highlights the rhetoric of music alone and across linguistic modes and encourages embracement of sonic rhetorics in Rhetoric and Composition studies. He has published in KB Journal and Quills & Pixels, and he has a forthcoming article in Pre/Text.