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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.

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. 



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


ABD. Teaching Assistant. MA, Rhetoric and Professional Writing, Northern Illinois University; BA, English, Kent State University.

Plagiarism and authorship studies, distance-learning pedagogies, online writing instruction, ESL studies, disabilities studies, composition pedagogy, WPA.



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


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

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


3rd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.



Ana Cortes
email@syr.edu
Fellow, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student


1st Year Doctoral Students.

 



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


3rd 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).

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.



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


2nd Year Doctoral Student, University Fellow.



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


2nd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.



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


3rd 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;

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.



Stephanie Jones
email@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student


1st Year Doctoral Student.

 



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

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


3rd 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.

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



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


4th Year Doctoral Student. MA, English Language and Literature, West Virginia University; BA, Hanover College

Historiography, Archival Theories, Nineteenth-Century American Rhetoric, Posthumanism, New Materialism



David Maynard
dcmaynar@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student


1st Year Doctoral Student.



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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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



Thomas Passwater
twpasswa@syr.edu
Teaching Assistant, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric PhD Student


1st Year Doctoral Student.



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


3rd Year Doctoral Student.



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


4th 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


5th Year Doctoral Student. MA, Written Communication, Eastern Michigan University; BA, English and Secondary Education, Michigan State.
Twitter
material rhetorics, data visualization, game studies, posthumanism, interfaces, affect theory



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.

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


2nd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.



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


ABD.
LinkedIn
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


2nd Year Doctoral Student, Teaching Assistant.