Current Students

Rachel Atherton

Rachel Atherton

ratherto@purdue.edu

Rachel is a third year PhD student interested in rhetorics of data, professional and technical writing, public rhetorics, and digital rhetorics. She teaches Technical Writing and is the Assistant Director of Rhetoric & Composition.

Sweta Baniya

Sweta Baniya

baniya@purdue.edu

Sweta is a fourth year PhD student, originally from Nepal. She works to understand how technology transforms cultural rhetoric through digital narratives. She explores Non-Western Rhetoric through ancient Hindu texts and historically marginalized female rhetoricians.

Christopher J. Barber

Christopher J. Barber

barber50@purdue.edu

Christopher is a first-year PhD student with a background in community engagement and ESL pedagogy. Christopher is interested in the confluence of rhetorical ethics, argumentation theory, and new materialism, as well as how developments in these fields may positively inform composition classroom practices and curricula.

Victoria Braegger

Victoria Braegger

vbraegge@purdue.edu

Victoria is a first year PhD student in rhet/comp interested in game studies, digital rhetorics, and technical communication. She currently teaches first year composition.

Kimberly Broughton

Kimberly Broughton

kbrought@purdue.edu

Kimberly Broughton is a PhD student whose interests include minority rhetorics, Black liberation rhetoric, and African American Sociolinguistics. She currently serves as a tutor in the Writing Lab.

Mattie Bruton

Mattie Bruton

mbruton@purdue.edu

Mattie is a second year MA candidate studying rhetoric and composition and a first-year fellow in the writing lab. Her research interests center around digital and online rhetoric.

Anthony Bushner

Anthony Bushner

abushner@purdue.edu

Tony Bushner is a 5th year PhD student whose research interests include professional writing, game studies, and digital rhetorics. They are the current webmaster of the Purdue OWL, working behind the scenes to make sure the site’s code is properly maintained.

Jianfen Chen

Jianfen Chen

chen3421@purdue.edu

Jianfen is a first year PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. Her research interests focus on professional writing, organizational rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, intercultural communication, and environmental risk communication. Currently, she is working at Purdue Writing Lab as a writing consultant.

Devon Cook

Devon Cook

cook212@purdue.edu

Devon is a 5th-year PhD student specializing in technical and professional writing. His interest include new materialist rhetorics, design studies, history of rhetoric, and letterpress printing.

Daniel Ernst

Daniel Ernst

ernst9@purdue.edu

I’m a fifth year PhD student. My work is in writing and educational assessment and literacy studies.

Joseph Forte

Joseph Forte

jforte@purdue.edu

Joe is beginning work on his dissertation. He intends to address a research question related to writing assessment. He currently works as Content Coordinator for the Purdue OWL, a job which he enjoys very much.

Elizabeth Geib

Elizabeth Geib

geibe@purdue.edu

Elizabeth Geib is a PhD student, ICaP instructor, Writing Lab tutor, and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Tutor Education at the Writing Lab. Her research interests including writing center pedagogy and tutor training, public rhetorics, community engagement, and service learning.

Eliza Gellis

Eliza Gellis

egillis@purdue.edu

Eliza Gellis is a second year PhD. This is her fourth year at Purdue, having completed her MA here in 2018. Her research interests include Jewish rhetorics, cultural studies, and pop culture. Apart from teaching ENGL 420, she serves as a Graduate Committee Representative for GradSEA.

Lee Hibbard

Lee Hibbard

lhibbard@purdue.edu

Lee is a fourth year PhD student in the rhetoric and composition program, currently interested in digital rhetoric, game studies and game design, queer theory, and archival practice . He currently teaches Professional Writing and is the Professional Writing Technology Mentor.

Mitch Hobza

Mitch Hobza

mhobza@purdue.edu

Mitch is a third year PhD student who works as writing consultant both at the Writing Lab and the National and International Scholarship Office. His research interests include Writing Center theory and practice, the rhetorics of empathy and compassion, feminist/queer/postcolonial theories and World Englishes.

Elizabeth Jendrzey

Elizabeth Jendrzey

ejendrze@purdue.edu

Elizabeth is a first year PhD student with interests in digital rhetoric, composition, and adaptations. She is teaching first year composition.

Caroline Jennings

Caroline Jennings

jennin15@purdue.edu

Caroline is a third year PhD student interested in medical rhetorics, dance rhetorics, rhetoric of science, research methods, and professional writing. She has taught English 106, English 108, and currently teaches healthcare writing. She also tutors in the Writing Lab.

Curtis Jewell

Curtis Jewell

jewell10@purdue.edu

Curtis is an eternal optimist grown in the Pacific Northwest. A first-year MA in Composition and Rhetoric, he’s pursuing research in cultural rhetoric, narrative theory, and community engagement. Currently, he’s tutoring and working with the Purdue and Universidad Del Norte, Colombia Writing Labs.

Alisha Karabinus

Alisha Karabinus

akarabin@purdue.edu

Alisha Karabinus is a 5th year Bilsland fellow studying technical communication, game studies, and digital public rhetorics. Her website is alishakarabin.us.

Lindsey Macdonald

Lindsey Macdonald

macdonl@purdue.edu

Lindsey is a fifth year PhD candidate interested in medical & health rhetorics, professional/technical communication, and community engagement. She teaches Writing in the Health and Human Sciences and serves as a professional writer for CILMAR.

Dee McCormick

Dee McCormick

mccormid@purdue.edu

Dee is a fourth year PhD student writing their dissertation on the scientific, medical, and public rhetorics surrounding addiction and alcoholism in the mid-twentieth century. They are currently an ICaP Technology Mentor.

Kaden C. Milliren

Kaden C. Milliren

kmillire@purdue.edu

Kaden is a second-year MA student in the Rhetoric and Composition Program. His research interests include rhetorical theory, new materialism, and environmental/cultural rhetorics. Having spent last year teaching first-year composition he currently holds a position tutoring in the writing center.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

murph355@purdue.edu

Ryan is a third year PhD student studying professional writing theory and technical communication; cross-cultural comparative rhetorics; and the rhetoric of health and medicine. He teaches business writing and is currently the mentor for the Professional Writing program.

Trinity Overmyer

Trinity Overmyer

trinity@purdue.edu

Trinity is a 5th year PhD candidate, whose research interests include Professional Writing, research methods, data rhetorics & epistemology, and community engagement. She has taught several courses in the PW major and also works as a qualitative researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Mason Pellegrini

Mason Pellegrini

pellegrm@purdue.edu

Mason is a second year PhD student. His main research interests right now are how entrepreneurs write and communicate and how media helps to form entrepreneurial networks. He teaches business writing.

Martha Weise Peredo

Martha Weise Peredo

peredo@purdue.edu

Martha is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. Previously, she was a professional writer and fundraiser in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, with a focus on civil rights and public policy.

Victoria “Eugie” Ruiz

Victoria “Eugie” Ruiz

ruiz56@purdue.edu

Eugie is a 3rd year PhD student. She serves as the Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum & Workshops at the Writing Lab. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial identity, language, and culture.

Derek R. Sherman

Derek R. Sherman

sherman11@purdue.edu

Derek is a fourth year PhD candidate with interests in writing program administration, transfer, writing pedagogy, assessment, and histories of rhetoric.

Rebekah Sims

Rebekah Sims

resims@purdue.edu

Rebekah is a 4th year PhD student whose interests include writing program administration, qualitative research methods, and religious rhetoric in digital spaces.

Priya Sirohi

Priya Sirohi

psirohi@purdue.edu

I study Public and Cultural Rhetoric, specifically the history of early globalization through the East India Company. I am developing a systems rhetoric methodology to identify rhetorical inventions of precarity and intensity that undergird globalization, both Early Modern and contemporary. I am also an instructor for Business Writing: Entrepreneurship (ENGL 420E).

Allegra W. Smith

Allegra W. Smith

smit2632@purdue.edu

Allegra is a fourth year PhD student who studies design of communication, digital writing, and feminist research methodologies. Her dissertation focuses on the digital experiences of older adults age 70+. She is currently the assistant director of professional writing.

Jane Ellen Smith

Jane Ellen Smith

smit3591@purdue.edu

Jane Smith is a second year PhD student interested in studying rhetoric and identity formation, ethics and virtues taught in first year composition, women’s rhetorics, and rhetorics and first year composition as contributors to developing leaders of character at service academies.

Isaac Wang

Isaac Wang

wang3679@purdue.edu

Isaac is in the third year of his PhD. His current interests include writing center pedagogy and praxis, Indigenous methodologies and rhetorics, and empirical research in composition. Outside of the academy, he enjoys hiking, surfing, and setting things on fire.

Shelton Weech

Shelton Weech

sweech@purdue.edu

Shelton Weech currently teaches professional writing and is interested in digital rhetoric, professional and technical communication, and has far too many nerdy pairs of socks.