Alice Marwick, Keynote
Alice E. Marwick (PhD, New York University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Faculty Advisor to the Media Manipulation Initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute. She researches the social, political, and cultural implications of popular social media technologies. In 2017, she co-authored Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online, a flagship report examining far-right online subcultures’ use of social media to spread disinformation, for which she was named one of 2017’s Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. She is the author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age (Yale 2013), an ethnographic study of the San Francisco tech scene which examines how people seek social status through online visibility, and co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Social Media (Sage 2017). Her current book project examines how the networked nature of online privacy disproportionately impacts marginalized individuals in terms of gender, race, and socio-economic status. Marwick was formerly Director of the McGannon Communication Research Center and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.
Abigail Bakke, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Abigail Bakke, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She teaches courses in technical communication, rhetorical theory, and research methods. Her research focuses on trust and credibility, especially in online health and medical communication.
Estee Beck works as an assistant professor of technical and professional writing/digital humanities in the Department of English at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Amber Buck is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where she teaches in the Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies program. She researches digital literacies, multimodal composition, and social media, and her work has appeared in Research in the Teaching of English, Computers & Composition, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Chen Chen is Assistant Professor of English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where she teaches first-year writing and professional and technical communication courses. She received her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. She studies how graduate students professionalize into the field of rhetoric and composition across different disciplinary social spaces. She also researches social media discourse in intercultural contexts. Her other research interests are professional writing pedagogy and curriculum design, and writing across the curriculum.
Jeremy David Johnson (PhD, Penn State University) is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Penn State Department of Communication Arts & Sciences. His primary research examines the role of algorithms in shaping networked rhetorics and public memory, with other research interests in ancient rhetorics, rhetorical theory, and the rhetoric of science and technology. His work has appeared in the journal Argumentation & Advocacy as well as the edited volumes Theorizing Digital Rhetoric and Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks.
Zach Lundgren is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication at East Carolina University. His dissertation examines climate change through Actor-Network-Theory, highlighting the sociomaterial nature of this scientific phenomenon and the potential for rhetorical agency for nonhuman actants. His research interests include the rhetoric of science, climate change discourse, and the intersection of environmental rhetorics and technical communication.
Jennifer Sano-Franchini is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the undergraduate program in Professional and Technical Writing and graduate program in Rhetoric and Writing. She researches the cultural politics of information design, institutional rhetoric, and Asian American rhetoric.
Ryan P. Shepherd is an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetorics in the Department of English at Ohio University. His work explores intersections of social media, composition pedagogy, and learning transfer. His work has appeared in Computers and Composition, Composition Studies, The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, and The Journal of Response to Writing.
Erika M. Sparby is an assistant professor of digital rhetoric and technical communication at Illinois State University. She researches social media at the intersections of rhetoric, identity, and aggression. Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition, and she is co-editor of a forthcoming book titled Digital Ethics: Rhetoric and Responsibility in Online Aggression, Hate Speech, and Harassment.
Cindy Tekobbe is an assistant professor of Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include rhetorics of gender identities and sexualities, feminisms, cultures, networks and technologies, indigeneities and survivance, and the literacy and cultural practices of digital communities.
Laura Tetreault is an Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. She received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville. Her research bridges digital rhetorics, arts activism, and intersectional social justice movements, especially with a focus on queer, feminist, and racial justice advocacy.
Michael Trice is a Lecturer in Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He researches online deliberation with a focus on the structures and governance of online activists and disinformation specialists. His work has appeared in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Present Tense, and various edited collections.
Xiaobo Belle Wang is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oxford College of Emory University where she directs the Oxford College Writing Center and teaches Critical Reading and Writing and Writing Center Practicum. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with a concentration in technical communication from Georgia State University. Her research interests are transnational rhetoric and professional communication, technological design, global public spheres, transitional literacy, and history of rhetoric.
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, has served as president/chair of several writing studies/literacy organizations, including the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Immediate Past Editor of College Composition and Communication, she has published over 100 refereed articles and book chapters and authored, edited, or co-edited 15 scholarly books. She has been recognized with several awards, including the CWPA Best Book Award, the FSU Graduate Mentor Award, the Purdue Distinguished Woman Scholar Award, and the CCCC Exemplar Award.