Rhetoric & Composition Alumni

The Rhetoric & Composition program at UC enrolled its first doctoral students in Fall 2011. However, over the years a number of students completed dissertations in the field prior to the official start of the program, as you’ll see reflected below. This listing identifies former students and their dissertation titles, year of graduation, and current affiliation (if known).

► Ben Hojem, Writing in Bounds: Genre and Identity in College English Writing Classrooms (2023), Lecturer in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. See https://scholars.duke.edu/person/benjamin.hojem.

►Katelyn Lusher, "Word on the Street": Streetvibes and Activist Circulation (2022), Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University.

►Rhiannon Scharnhorst, Willful Objects and Feminist Writing Practices (2022), Lecturer in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University. See https://rscharnhorst.com/.  

►Daniel Floyd, When Unauthorized Voices Speak: Outsider Rhetorics in the Realms of Immigrants, Prisoners and Youth (2020), Coordinator of the Academic Writer Center at the University of Cincinnati.

►Ian Golding, Care of Locker 219: Finding Student Tension in Hidden Archives (2019), Assistant Professor of English at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

►Rich Shivener, Feeling Digital Composing (2019), Assistant Professor of Writing at York University. See his bio at http://richshivener.com/.

►Christiane Boehr, Enabling Spaces: A Rhetorical Exploration of Women Writing in Community (2019), Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at University of Cincinnati and Instructor of German at Tri-State German-American Society.

Kelly Blewett, The Role of Feedback in Teacher/Student Relationships (2018), Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Director at Indiana University East. See Kelly's bio.

Christina LaVecchiaToward a Relational Theory of Invention (2017), Assistant Professor of English & DBER faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. See her bio at http://www.christinamlavecchia.org/.

►Carla Sarr, Rhetorical Gardening: Greening Composition (2017), Creative Writing Teacher at School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, OH.

Janine Morris, Contexts of Digital Reading: How Genres Affect Reading Practices (2016), Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Communication at Nova Southeastern University. See https://works.bepress.com/janine-morris/ for more info.

Allison Carr, Negative Space: Toward an Epistemology of Failure (2014), Esther and Robert Armstrong Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Coe College. Visit her bio at http://www.coe.edu/academics/writing/writing_faculty.

Hannah Rule, Composing Assemblages: Toward a Theory of Material Embodied Process (2013), Associate Professor of English at University of South Carolina. Visit her bio at https://www.hannahjrule.com/.

Elizabeth Humphreys Campbell, Composition Teachers Talk About Student Essays: A Qualitative Study of a Placement Rating Session (1991), Retired Associate Professor of Journalism at Kettering University. An active retiree, Professor Campbell teaches advanced-level exchange students how to do business presentations.

Patrice Ficociello, The Eyes of Janus: National Policy and the Evolution of the Freshman English Course, 1940-1985 (1990), Instructional Design and Communications Professional.

Van Hillard, The Dialectical Nature of Learning Writing in an Epistemic Rhetoric (1987), Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Studies at Davidson College.

Sherry Cook Stanforth, “Talk Isn’t Cheap”: Writing Lore and Valuation in University Culture (1999), Professor of English and Creative Writing Vision Program Director at Thomas More College.

Trudelle Thomas, Daybooks and Deathbooks—The Writings of the Brown County Ursulines: A Rhetorical and Literary Analysis (1987), Professor of English at Xavier University.

Albertina Hughey (née Walker), Colliding Colors: Race, Reflection and Literacy in the Kaleidoscopic Space of an English Composition Class (2006), Associate Professor of English at Texas Southern University.