Collegiate Affiliation

Laura J. Gurak  (Ph.D., Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) studies the relationship between language and Internet use, with a focus on online communities, digital literacies, and Internet-based research. She is also interested in how technology and science are communicated to the public and does work on technical writing and communication in science, health, and engineering fields. She is author of numerous articles and books including Cyberliteracy (Yale 2001) and The Concise Guide to Technical Communication (Pearson Longman).

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1994
  • M.A. : Technical Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1990
  • B.A. : Public Communication , College of St. Rose, 1989


  • Digital literacies
  • Internet studies and online research methods
  • Social aspects of computing
  • Rhetoric and technology
  • Technical and professional writing and communication