Writing and Rhetoric

Graduate Studies in English at Northeastern University

Graduate study in Writing and Rhetoric at Northeastern University is focused on four core areas: teaching and assessing writing, community engagement, diversity and identity, and empirical research methodologies. At Northeastern, teaching and research are interconnected across the various communities in which we work, extending from the university into the city of Boston. Our partnerships also include work with international communities. Read more >>

Our Faculty

Elizabeth Britt (rhetoric of law; rhetorical theory and criticism; ethnographic theory and methods)
Featured Work:Listening Rhetorically to Defending Our Lives: Identification and Advocacy in Intimate Partner Abuse,” Law, Culture and the Humanities 10:1 (2014): 155-178; Embodied Advocacies: Rhetorical Education in the Legal Clinic (under advanced contract, Penn State University Press) [full bio]

Ellen Cushman (rhetoric and literacy studies in tribal and urban communities; digital composing and archiving)
Featured Work:  The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance(Oklahoma UP, 2011) [full bio]

Chris Gallagher (teaching and assessing writing; educational reform; literacy studies)
Featured Work: Our Better Judgment: Teacher Leadership for Writing Assessment (NCTE, 2012) [full bio]

Neal Lerner (pedagogy; literacy studies; writing center/writing program administration and writing across the curriculum/in the disciplines)
Featured Work: The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education (Utah State Univ Press, 2016) [full bio]

Mya Poe (writing assessment; writing across the curriculum; genre studies)
Featured Work: Poe, M., Elliot, N., Cogan, J., & Nurudeen, T. (2014). “The legal and the local: Using disparate impact analysis to understand the consequences of writing assessment.” College Composition and Communication, 65(5), 588-611. [full bio]

Selected Recent Field and Focus Papers, Dissertations, and Theses

Michael Dedek, “Practicing Change: Curricular Innovation and Change in Writing Programs” (directed by Chris Gallagher)

Heather Falconer, “Triple-binds and Unintended Consequences: Exploring Scientific Discursive Identity Development with Three Women of Color” (directed by Neal Lerner)

Erin Frymire, “State Violence and the Rhetoric of Other People’s Bodies: Visibility, Empathy, Agency” (directed by Beth Britt)

Kristi Girdharry, “Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive” (directed by Chris Gallagher)

Steven Kapica, “Permeable Boundaries: Rhetorical Delivery and the Negotiation of Obscenity” (directed by Chris Gallagher)

Leah Lapszynski, “Three Case Studies on Digital Technology Implementation in Museums for Disabled Patrons” (supervised by Mya Poe)

Charles Lesh, “Writing Spaces and Places: A GeoEthnography of Graffiti Writing in Boston” (directed by Chris Gallagher)

Abbie Levesque, “XM: Queer Writing and Queer Writing Center Practices” (supervised by Neal Lerner)

Rachel Lewis, “LGBTQ Literacies, Community Writing, and Mass Incarceration” (supervised by Chris Gallagher)

Stephanie Loomis Pappas, “Research Shows: Recasting Research Instruction in Writing-About-Writing Approaches to First-Year Composition” (directed by Beth Britt)

Rebecca McLaughlin, “A New Vision for Introduction to Writing Studies” (supervised by Mya Poe)

Jonathan Osborne, “Difference Within Difference: A Study of Modern Black Conservative Rhetoric” (supervised by Ellen Cushman)

Vijeta Pai, (Un)defining Genre: Studying a Student’s Writing Experience with Technical Project Reports in India and the United States” (supervised by Mya Poe)

Laura Proszak, “Embodying, Producing, and Materializing Citizenship: A Rhetorical Education for Children of Immigrants at North Bennet Street Industrial School, 1880-1910” (supervised by Ellen Cushman)

Kevin Smith, “(Re)Making/(Re)Marking: Genre and Markup in the Writing Classroom” (directed by Chris Gallagher)

Recent News

Selected Recent Courses
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Research – ENGL 7360: Topics in Rhetoric
  • Genre – ENGL 7395 Topics in Writing
  • Genres and Identities in Action – ENGL 7395: Topics in Writing
  • Literacy Studies: Literacies, Power, Cultures, and Expressive Tools – ENGL 7395 Topics in Writing
  • Qualitative Methods & Methodologies – ENGL 7395 Topics in Writing
  • Researching Writing – ENGL 7395: Topics in Writing
  • Rhetorical Education – ENGL 7360: Topics in Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric: Then and Now – ENGL 7360: Topics in Rhetoric
  • What is Good Writing? – ENGL 7395 Topics in Writing
  • Writing and the Teaching of Writing – ENGL 7392
  • Writing Center Studies – ENGL 7395 Topics in Writing


01/18 - Writing and Rhetoric Group Meeting