Composition and Cultural Rhetoric: CCR Students

Geghard Arakelian
garakeli@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, English, Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, California State University, Northridge; BA, Journalism, California State University, Northridge.

Interests (- / +)

I am currently working on my forthcoming dissertation, Casting Aurora In A New Light: Rhetoric, Genocide, And Geopolitics. My research interests are interdisciplinary and include, but are not limited to: Transnational Studies, Feminist Studies, Armenian Studies, and human rights rhetorics. Through my research, I aim to better understand how refugees can be taken up as geopolitical symbols through the discourse ascribed to them by human rights campaigns. 




Lindsey Banister
lbaniste@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, with a specialization in the teaching of rhetoric, San Diego State University; BA, Writing and Rhetoric, Pepperdine.

Interests (- / +)
Feminist and Visual Rhetorics; Rhetorics of the Body and Sexuality; The Intersectionality of Performance, Rhetoric, and Composition; Multimodality and Composition




Tessa Brown
trbrown@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MFA, Creative Writing, University of Michigan; BA,Religion and Creative Writing, Princeton University.

Interests (- / +)
Tessa's research interests center around hiphop in the composition classroom, and extend to questions around literacy, language politics, popular culture, cultural rhetorics, and the politics of the university.




Jordan Canzonetta
jncanzon@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



3rd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant. MA, Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Northern Illinois University; BA, English, Kent State University.

Interests (- / +)
Plagiarism and authorship studies, distance-learning pedagogies, online writing instruction, ESL studies, disabilities studies, composition pedagogy, WPA.




Collette Caton
crcaton@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Rhetoric and Composition, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Interests (- / +)
Feminist Rhetoric, Digital Literacies, Media Studies, Working Class Rhetoric, and Civic Engagement




Ezekiel Choffel
eschoffe@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



2nd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.




Telsha L. Curry
tlcurry@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



2nd Year Doctoral Student. Teaching Assistant.




Seth Davis
sedavi07@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Communication Studies, Ball State University; BS, Speech Communication and Theatre (Tennessee State University).

Interests (- / +)
My research interests include African American rhetoric, Black feminist and womanist theory, Hip-Hop culture and Hip-Hop pedagogy. My research focuses on how race and sexuality are constructed in popular culture and language. My research draws on the work of Geneva Smitherman, Gwendolyn Pough and Adam Banks.




Romeo Garcia
rgarci05@syr.edu
Fellow, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, English (Rhetoric and Composition), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; BA, English, Texas A&M.




André Habet
aahabet@syr.edu
Fellow, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



1st Year Doctoral Student, University Fellow.




Alex Hanson
amjanney@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



1st Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.




CC Hendricks
crhen100@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



2nd Year Doctoral Student.




Tamara Bassam Issak
tbissak@syr.edu
Fellow, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, English, Rutgers University; BA, English, Secondary Education, William Paterson University;

Interests (- / +)

I am interested in Islam in America, Arab and Arab American culture and literature, and representations of Arabs and Muslims. In the classroom and beyond, I am committed to issues of social justice and equity. I love thinking about writing program administration and how best our programs can serve diverse student bodies.




Vani Kannan
avkannan@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. M.A., Rhetoric & Composition, Colorado State University; B.A., Anthropology/Music, Barnard College

Interests (- / +)

postcolonial and transnational feminism, Asian-American studies, rhetorical theories of music and performance, community literacy and community publishing




Brett Keegan
bekeegan@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



2nd Year Doctoral Student.




Michael Lasley

Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD, Lecturer, Santa Clara University. MA, Literature, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; BS, Biology, Harding University.

Interests (- / +)

Dissertation: The Post-Neoliberal Citizen: Immigrant Identity as the new Service Learning Center




Avi Luce
avluce@syr.edu
Professional Writing Instructor, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Missouri State University; BA, Missouri State University

Interests (- / +)

My dissertation project examines the evolution of social agitation from local to transnational contexts, focusing on key aspects to social movement literature including collective identity, collective formation and sustainability. In reframing "social movements" as serialized collectives with potentially short sustainability, we may attend more accurately to the rhetorical formations of people in global and virtual contexts.



Other research interests include ethos construction and ethical action in online technical documents for games, ad hoc online community writing, rhetorical processes in community publishing, community literacy practices and values, queer rhetoric and queer methodology,



Dissertation: "I'm Proud and Yup I'm Queer": LGBTQ Rhetorics, Queer Politics, and the Constraints of Queer Mobilization in Theory and in Practice




Jason Luther
jwluther@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, English, University of Nevada, Reno; BA, English Education and BS, Communication, SUNY Fredoni
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Interests (- / +)
As a former writing center administrator, longtime zine producer, and co-founder of Syracuse In Print, I am interested in what multimodal, self-sponsored, public composing spaces can teach us about literate identities, processes, and pedagogies. My dissertation takes stock of the ways in which systems of circulation has shifted for indie and underground publishers since the mid 90s and what those shifts might mean for the future of writing studies and the teaching of composition.




Jason Markins
jrmarkin@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



3rd Year Doctoral Student. MA, English Language and Literature, West Virginia University; BA, Hanover College

Interests (- / +)
Historiography, Archival Theories, Nineteenth-Century American Rhetoric, Posthumanism, New Materialism




Carolyn Ostrander
clostran@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. M.A., Linguistics, Syracuse University. CAS, Women's and Gender Studies.
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Interests (- / +)

My dissertation research focuses on the rhetorical "extracurriculum" and rural rhetorics using feminist rhetorical historiographic methods. This intellectual project grows out of what may seem like disparate research interests; they are unified by three interests: language, identity, and access. As a former interpreter I work in disability /activist rhetorics; this fuels my CAS studies and commitment to teaching in ESL settings and working with ESL/multilingual students in composition classrooms. As a poet I am interested in access to creative and rhetorical performance as well as to formal education. My background in data administration extends access to the workplace and workplace literacies (specifically data literacies).


Dissertation: Rural Rhetorics and Ritual Practices: Women’s Negotiation and Sponsorship of Mutual Rhetorical Education in the Early Grange




Jessica Pauszek
jmpausze@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, English, Northeastern University; BA, English and French, Stetson University.
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Interests (- / +)

Recently, i've been exploring the intersection of my interests in community-engaged work and assessment practices. This work has enabled me to think through how my work within courses, teaching, and the community involve multiple literacies. Additionally, i've begun to question how to bring my interest in disability studies together with community publishing efforts.



Dissertation: Labor and Literacy: Archives, Networks, and History in Working-Class Communities




Vincent Portillo
vportill@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



2nd Year Doctoral Student.




Yanira Rodriguez
yrodrigu@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



3rd Year Doctoral Student. MFA, Creative Writing, Syracuse University; MA, Journalism, Syracuse University; BA, History and Biology, SUNY Binghamton.




Jana Rosinski
jrosinsk@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



4th Year Doctoral Student. MA, Written Communication, Eastern Michigan University; BA, English and Secondary Education, Michigan State.
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Interests (- / +)
material rhetorics, data visualization, game studies, posthumanism, interfaces, affect theory




LaToya Sawyer
llsawyer@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, Syracuse University; BA, English, Hartwick College
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Interests (- / +)
My scholarship focuses on Black women's discourse and literacy practices across face-to-face and digital spaces as well as their pedagogical implications. My other research interests include rhetorical agency, digital literacy and identity, Pan African Rhetoric and Black feminisms. I have taught in numerous community-based settings within the African American community and universities in the U.S. and China. I am a 2014-2016 NCTE CNV Fellow and 2012 CCCC Scholar for the Dream.


Dissertation: "Don't Try and Play Me Out!": An Exploration of the Critical Word-Play, Agency and Identity Formations of Black Women's Computer-mediated Communication




Chad Seader
cmseader@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD. MA, Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, DePaul University; BA, Philosophy, Northeastern Illinois University.

Interests (- / +)
As a scholar, teacher, and activist, I am interested in tracing, challenging, complicating, and expanding the connections between literacy and social justice. Through this inquiry, I’ve engaged with texts from a wide range of fields including computers and writing, community literacy studies, authorship studies, basic writing, and performance studies. In recent conference presentations, I’ve discussed the relationship between literacy and social justice in regards to digital publishing in prison (Computers and Writing 2014); performance and writing in prison (Watson 2014); digital authorship (Computers and Writing 2015); and slam poetry (Conference on Community Writing 2015).




Benesemon Simmons
besimmon@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



1st Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.




Karrieann Soto
ksoto@syr.edu
Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



ABD.
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Interests (- / +)
At this stage of my studies in composition and cultural rhetoric I’m attempting to bridge my interests on multimodal media literacies in the composition classroom with studying the rhetorics of the Puerto Rican indie rock scene. Throughout coursework I’ve been exploring these areas of interest by incorporating transnational feminist methodologies that allow an intersectional approach of critique and self-reflexivity, considering my position as a DiaspoRican, or a Puerto Rican who has been part of a diaspora.


This year I expect to elaborate a research project in which I can incorporate the study of popular cultures of the millennial generation into the classroom, as a way of prompting students to reflect upon their media literacies as being influenced by their own particular histories. I also expect to provide a definition for the term DiaspoRican, examining connotations of race, class, and gendered norms.




Noah Wilson
npwilson@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student



1st Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.




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