Meet the Feminists Behind the Workshops

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The Action Rhetoric Project:
Recasting Action in the Classroom

Charlotte Hogg, Angela Moore, & Jazmine Wells

Angela Moore and Jazmine Wells both enrolled in Charlotte Hogg’s Women’s Rhetorics graduate course at Texas Christian University in 2014 and participated in the Action Rhetoric Project (ARP) assignment. In addition to creating their ARPs, Jazmine co-taught with Charlotte in the undergrad version of the course that used the same ARP assignment in 2015. For Action Hour, we spoke at the assignment and its enactments.

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Charlotte Hogg

I’m an associate professor at TCU where I teach courses in writing and rhetoric. I’ve published on rural women’s literacies (From the Garden Club: Rural Women Writing Community and Rural Literacies) and am currently working on a project about sorority rhetorics.
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Angela Moore

I am a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University. My interests include performative and embodied rhetorics, gender and sexuality studies, community literacy, and the relationships between theater, rhetoric, and democracy.
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Jazmine Wells

 I’m a PhD student at the University of Texas-Austin where I study Rhetoric and Writing. My area of interest is the rhetoric of prisons, and I’m currently researching how incarcerated mothers use their writing as a tool to mother while behind bars.
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African American Feminist Rhetorics:
A User’s Guide for Call/Response

Staci Perryman-Clark, Brittney Boykins, & sRhea Estelle Lathan
Sponsored by the Black Caucus

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Staci Perryman-Clark

I joined the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus in 2006 and have previously served as the NCTE Black Caucus Secretary. Currently, I am an associate professor of English, Director of First-Year Writing, and Associate Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Western Michigan University. I am the author of Afrocentric Teacher-Research: Rethinking Appropriateness and Inclusion (Peter Lang, 2013), and the Coeditor of Students’ Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook (2014). In 2015, I received the the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Award for Research and Creative Activity. I have published widely in rhetoric and composition studies.
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Brittney Boykins

I have been attending CCCC since 2009. I officially joined the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus in 2014. Currently, I am an associate professor of English at Tallahassee Community College and a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Florida State University. As I complete my dissertation, I plan to pursue scholarship on both Black classroom literacy practices and gendered studies of A.M.E. pastors.
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Rhea Estelle Lathan

I joined the Black Caucus in 2000 and have served as CCCC Executive Secretary since 2006. My research includes the literate and rhetorical history of women of African descent, the development of literacy activism, and the delivery systems for the teaching of writing; community based critical intellectualism, identity politics and social historical activism as well as critical race theory in rhetoric and composition. I teach courses ranging from social historical perspectives on rhetoric and composition to more specialized African American Literacies, rhetoric, composition research methodologies and theories, and the rhetoric of African American social movements, including African American feminisms and literacy history.
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ART: Exploring the Intersections of Art & Feminist Intervention in Medicine

Maria Novotny & Elizabeth Horn Walker

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Maria Novotny

I am a PhD candidate in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University and Co-Director The ART of Infertility. At the age of 24, I received an infertility diagnosis and began collaborating on a host of infertility community projects, and I founded a peer-led support group in my community. In May 2014, I met Elizabeth at a national infertility advocacy event. Since meeting, we have partnered together on several ART of Infertility projects. MMy research examines what I call "rhetorics of infertility. I study how infertile individuals navigate health and cultural systems, the challenges they face, and their dependence on private and peer-led networks to exercise agency in systematic spaces. Specifically, my dissertation, titled "The ART of Infertility: Conceiving a Participatory Health Intervention Community" examines how art functions as a rhetorical method for patients to narrate barriers they encounter in healthcare systems. This dissertation is directly tied to my collaboration with The ART of Infertility. My research has been published in several rhetoric and feminist scholarly journals such as Harlot, Peitho, Enculturation and Communication Design Quarterly. In 2015, I received the CCCC Gloria Anzaldua Rhetorician Award for my research on infertility activism.
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Elizabeth Horn Walker

I am the founder and curator of ART of infertility, which is an art, oral history and portraiture project. I received my degree in photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and now work as a staff photographer for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Pathology. After receiving my own infertility diagnosis, I began to shift the focus on personal photography to document the lives of those with infertility through portraits and interviews. I began to realize, through my own use of art to express the struggles I faced with infertility, that others could also begin the healing process by sharing their stories and their artwork. In March 2014, I debuted an exhibit at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. Today, I collaborate with Maria to travel with the ART of Infertility—displaying the exhibit in academic, medical and public spaces. We also host art and writing workshops and are currently developing an archive of oral histories around the topic of infertility.
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Composing Captions:
A Starter Kit for Accessible Media

Ruth Osorio & Chad Iwertz
Sponsored by the Disability Studies Standing Group

We are PhD students and members of the CCCC/NCTE Disability Studies Standing Group, which sponsors our workshop and remediation on captioning and description for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in Rhetoric and Composition and Peitho. Find out more about the Disability Studies Standing Group through the website for the Committee on Disability Issues at CCCC, through its companion website, or through its Facebook page.

As disability studies scholars and activists, we study and work toward disability inclusion and justice in higher education. We do this in our individual and collaborative research and in our teaching, which includes (at our respective universities) courses in composition, professional writing, disability studies, digital writing, and digital pedagogy.

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Chad Iwertz & Ruth Osorio

Ruth Osorio is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation examines the rhetorical strategies of disability activism, including embodied rhetorics and digital writing. She identifies as a scholar, teacher, activist, mom, and lover of candy.

Chad Iwertz is a PhD student in rhetoric, composition, and literacy at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on the framing of disability in technologies of accommodation, access/accessibility in composition classrooms, and mētis, the rhetorical concept of embodied wisdom and cunning.
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Glocal Feminist Healing Histories Across D’Map

Karrieann Soto Vega & Iris Ruiz
Sponsored by the Latinx Caucus

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Karrieann Soto Vega

I am a PhD Candidate at Syracuse University, where I study Puerto Rican Nationalist rhetorics as enacted by the figure of Lolita Lebrón. My research interests run the gamut of decolonial feminist rhetorics, sonic and visual rhetorics, multimodality, new media, and cultural rhetorics, among others. I have also published in the Journal of Academic Freedom amd the Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, and I am the co-executive producer of This Rhetorical Life. For the year 2016-2017, I will be a Teaching Assistant in Syracuse University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

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Iris Ruiz

I am a Continuing Appointment Lecturer for the Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced. I teach courses in advanced composition, journal editing, first and second year composition, and Chicanx Studies. Currently, I co-chair the NCTE/CCCC Latin@ Caucus. I am also the author of Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and other Ethnic Minorities and co-editor of Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Practice.

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Intersecting Asian/American Rhetorics & Feminisms

Chanon Adsanatham, Karen Ching Carter, Chenchen Huang, & Hui Wu
Sponsored by the Asian/Asian American Caucus

Members of the Asian/Asian American Caucus are are a very diverse group of teachers and scholars in rhetoric and composition studies. We are honored to join with the CWSHRC Action Hour to highlight feminist rhetorical methods and its value to the study of diverse cultures in rhetoric and composition. Our interest is in capturing the nuances of writing that reflect not only Asian/Asian Americans as rhetors and writers, but all the diverse cultures that come to us through our composition classes.

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Chanon Adsanatham

I am Assistant Professor of English (writing and rhetoric) at the University of Maryland, where I research comparative rhetoric, multimodality and digital writing pedagogy. I am writing a book on conduct rhetoric in the Thai tradition. My dissertation won the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2015.
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Karen Ching Carter

I am a USAID Research and Innovation fellow and Global Development Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. I am currently at the University of the Philippines using feminist rhetorical methods to research transnational advocacy networks. I received her PhD in English from Arizona State University in spring 2016.
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Chenchen Huang

I am a PhD student of English at Pennsylvania State University. My research interests include multilingual writing, comparative rhetoric, and Asian American rhetorics. My works have appeared in English for Specific Purposes.
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Hui Wu

I am Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at the University of Texas at Tyler. I have published books and articles on the history of rhetoric and composition, comparative rhetoric, and global feminist rhetorics. One of my articles, “Lost and Found in Transnation: Modern Conceptualization of Chinese Rhetoric” won the 2009 Best Article Award for Rhetoric Review.
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Spoken Words on a Digital Fridge:
Playing Toward a Feminist Theory of Games

Megan Mize, Danielle Roach & Daniel Cox

Our group came together during our shared time in the English Department at Old Dominion University. Even though our research interests are in many ways disparate, this project reflects our shared commitment to a multiperspectival approach to games and play. In particular, we consider the rhetorical construction of the very notion of play itself, and the bearing of that construction on places where play happens, from the classroom to our students’ and colleagues’ daily lives. To that end, we are invested in communities that support, challenge, interrogate and engage in play, such as the CCCC Play and Game Studies Special Interest Group (of which we are all members).

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Megan Mize

I examine early debates regarding women’s education, tracking a network of influence regarding the rhetorical strategy of mimicry. My research with pedagogical histories and work as ePortfolio Faculty Training and Support Coordinator intersect with my studies on play and feminism, exploring how playful pedagogies impact learning and foster learner agency.
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Danielle Roach

I have been teaching writing since 2004, and I am especially interested in multimodal composition and play in the writing classroom. My research interests include digital communities, play and game studies, computers and composition, technical and professional communication, and writing program administration.
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Daniel Cox

Through a combined education in computer science and writing studies, I examine the ways in which digital technologies have influenced identity creation and maintenance across the intersections of ludic and pedagogical spaces. My research interests include digital humanities, games studies, play, and technical communications.
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Surrendering into Method:
The Reverse Interview

Jessica Restaino

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Jessica Restaino

I am Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at Montclair State University. My work centers on composition theory, feminist rhetorics and research methods, community and activist writing, and the preparation of new graduate student writing teachers. I am the author of First Semester: Graduate Students, Teaching Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground (Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, 2012) and co-editor, with Laurie Cella, of Unsustainable: Re-Imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University (Lexington 2012). Currently I am working on a book-length project that examines feminist methods for research and writing in the context of terminal illness. The focus of the book is a two-year ethnography project I completed with Susan Lundy Maute while she was living—and dying—with breast cancer. A seed essay for this project can be found in the Fall 2015 special issue of Peitho. My activist work centers on reproductive rights and sexual violence prevention. Currently I serve as 1st Vice Chair of the Board Trustees for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey.
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Using Hashtags to Hash Out Feminism

Christine Martorana

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Christine Martorana

I am Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Program at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. In 2015, I received my PhD from Florida State University where my dissertation focused on feminist agency and activism. Through this work, I had the fortunate opportunity to meet and work with smart, passionate feminists such as the Guerrilla Girls and Cath Elms, and I witnessed first-hand the visual, linguistic, and embodied strategies feminist activists use to enhance agency. Since then, I have continued exploring feminist activism in digital and non-digital spaces, and I am currently developing a project that considers the ways in which feminist zinesters use their zines to challenge and re-present mainstream discourse surrounding women and women’s bodies. Driving all of my research is an intention to more thoroughly understand the ways in which we can use discourse in all its forms to advocate for ourselves, connect with others, and promote inclusivity. This remediation has provided the opportunity for me to continue this focus with an eye towards the ways in which hashtags circulate messages, facilitate connection, and challenge inequities both within and beyond the academy. 

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Challenging Dominant Portrayals of Women in STEM

Jeanne Bohannon

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Jeanne Bohannon

I currently serve as an assistant professor of English at Kennesaw State University, where I facilitate student learning through various democratic pedagogical practices. I write with students (In Media Res), present with students (RSA), and encourage them to research and present their own work (KSURS). My teaching philosophy leads me to teach and learn against grains, across lines, and around borders. What I mean by this mantra is simply that teaching grants me opportunities to work with students to create value in their work, which very often has the pleasant effect of positively affecting my researched writing. The #WikiWoman project is one such example. My research interests include evaluating digital literacies with the LILAC project, critical pedagogies, and New Media theory; performing feminist rhetorical recoveries; and growing informed and empowered student scholars.

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Editorial & Design Team

Jenn Fishman & Patricia Fancher

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Jenn Fishman

I am Associate Professor of English at Marquette University, where I teach courses in rhetoric and composition/writing studies and direct the First-Year English Program. My scholarship includes special issues of CCC Online and Peitho, REx 1, and “Performing Writing, Performing Literacy,” which received the Richard C. Braddock Award for Outstanding Article on Writing or the Teaching of Writing. My grant-supported work includes Kenyon Writes and the Undergraduate Research Impact Project (with Jane Greer and Dominic DelliCarpini). I am also the Immediate Past President of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

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Patricia Fancher

I am a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara, where I teach rhetorics of science, technical writing, and digital rhetoric. As a teacher and scholar, I am committed to feminist rhetorical practices and focus on scientific and technical discourses. In and out of the classroom, my feminist and rhetorical practices take various multimedia and digital forms. My research and design projects have been published in Peitho Journal, Present Tense, Enculturation, and multiple edited collections. I am currently the Director of Digital Media and Outreach for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.