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Rachel Presley Hired as Assistant Professor of Rhetorical Theory

January 16, 2019

The Departments of Writing Studies and Communication Studies are pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Presley for our joint hire Assistant Professor position in Rhetorical Theory. Ms. Presley will contribute to research and teaching in both departments in areas of rhetorical theory and digital rhetorics. We look forward to her joining our departments in September 2019. 

Rachel Presley is currently completing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Public Culture from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. As a critical/cultural scholar, her research explores the evolution of social justice rhetorics, asking in what ways we communicate resistance in civil society and how our lived histories, material exigencies, and rhetorical platforms impact these practices. More broadly, her research considers issues of identity, agency, and representation from the lens of digital rhetorics and activism (organizational and advocacy networks), postcolonial/decolonial/anticolonial theory, and trans/national citizenship. Rachel is a recipient of an NCA Top Student Paper in Activism & Social Justice (2017) and an NCA Top Paper in American Studies (2016), and her work has appeared in journals such as Argumentation & Advocacy and Cultural Studies < > Critical Methodologies.