Christina Haas

My scholarship rests at the intersection of writing theories, digital technologies, and embodied practices. For the last decade and a half, I have been examining what material writing technologies, constituted through embodied practices of everyday life, can enrich our understandings of what writing is, both historically and theoretically in the early 21st century. My current project (working title: The Writing Hand) examines the human hand as a productive site of interface between human cognition, embodiment, and writing technology. I also edit Written Communication: An International Quarterly of Research, Theory, and Application (Sage), including recent special issues on "Writing and Medicine," "Writing in Global Context," and "Writing and Cognition (in Honor of John R. Hayes)." I am also interested in research methodologies, especially the development of methods specifically suited to writing studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Writing as material, embodied practice
  • Writing technologies -- historical and contemporary
  • Research methodologies for the study of writing
  • Literacy history and theory
  • Argument
  • Technical and Professional Writing
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Written Communication: An International Quarterly of Research, Theory, and Application , 2004 - Present
  • NCTE Award for Best Edited Collection in Scientific or Technical Communication, 2010. Written Communication 26, 3: "Special Issue on Writing and Medicine.", April 2011
  • NCTE Award for Best Article Reporting Research on Scientific or Technical Communication, 2002. "Writing as Embodied Practice: The Case of Engineering Standards," Journal of Business and Technical Communication 15(4), 413-457.
  • Society of Technical Communicators' Distinguished Technical Communication Award, 1989, for "Shared Information: Some Observations of Japanese Technical Communication." Technical Communication 36 (1989).
  • Braddock Award, 1989, Best Article to appear in College Composition and Communication for "Rhetorical Reading Strategies and the Construction of Meaning" (coauthored with Linda Flower). CCC 39, 167-183.
  • Ellen Nold Award for Best Article in Computers and Writing, 2012. For “Young people’s everyday literacies: The language of instant messaging.” RTE 45 (May 2011). With Pam Takayoshi and Brandon Carr.