MA Students

PhD Students
John Bailes | Cynthia Bateman | Erica Fischer | Mary FratiniBen Harley | Brian Harmon | Gerald Jackson | Amber Lee | Adam Lerner | Trevor Meyer | Melody PritchardMark Schaukowitch | Nathaniel Street


John Bailes is a PhD student in Rhetoric-Composition at USC. He has several areas of interests, including the rhetoric of terror and trauma, shifting gender tropes in popular culture of post Cold War America, and the social-political rhetoric of age. He is currently focused on and heavily invested in a dissertation project concerning how stylistic performances intersect political activism and punditry.



Cynthia Bateman is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in women’s and gender studies. Her areas of interest include performance studies, feminist theory, gender studies, feminist-human animal studies, ethics, critical military studies, and cultural-critical rhetoric. Her dissertation brings feminist posthuman theory to performance studies to conduct an analysis of how gender, sexuality, species, and race function in the performance of “military war dog,” including the implications of this performance for studies of trans-national politics, trauma, and human-animal relationships.


Erica_FischerErica Fischer is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. Her areas of research include Historiographies of Rhetoric and Composition, Modern Rhetorical and Composition Theory, Contemporary Poetics, Modernism, and the rhetorics of the Avant-Garde. Her dissertation examines the intersection of contemporary poetics and rhetorical pedagogy through a re-reading of modernism in histories of Rhetoric and Composition.


377147_338124716277471_1835946287_nMary Fratini is a PhD candidate in the speech communication and rhetoric program at the university of South Carolina. Her research interests include cultural studies, rhetorical theory, and feminist theory. Specifically, she is interested in how theories of conversation and rhetorical delivery might be rethought so as to address contemporary cultural and pedagogical issues. Ultimately, however, she resists all forms of specific description and adopts a position of the scholarly vagabond.



Ben Harley is a fourth year PhD student at the University and a second year Assistant Director for FYENGL. He studies rhetoric and composition with a focus on publics and new materialism.





Brian Harmon is a PhD student working on intersections between visual rhetoric, multimodal composition practices and method, and documentary media production.




Gerald Jackson is a PhD student at the university. His research interests regard how rhetoric and technology meet, in particular through consideration of computer source code, ontology languages, media studies, and artificial intelligence. Gerald also works and researches in the field of technical communication and composition theory.


unknownAmber Lee is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. Her interests include memory and rhetorical theory as well as composition pedagogy.



Untitled-2 (2) Adam Lerner is a PhD student in rhetoric and composition with an emphasis on the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. His interests include disability rhetorics and health rhetorics, with a specific interest in the rhetoric of pharmaceuticals.



Trevor Meyer  is an ABD doctoral candidate in Rhetoric & Composition. His research focuses on the intersections and implications of rhetoric and violence, and his dissertation explores Japanese martial arts to find alternative orientations to the Eurocentric-Grecophiliac models of violence that dominate rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy. He is also interested in professional wrestling, Magic the Gathering, and the rhetoric of the Islamic State.



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Melody Pritchard is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition. She is interested in composition pedagogy, rhetorical theory, and writing center work.




IMG_0121Mark Schaukowitch is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric program at USC. His interests include: Dissent, Ethics, Forensic Rhetoric, Political Theology, and Rhetorical Theory. His dissertation project is examining the limits of words to address (preventable) tragedy.


Summer 2010Nathaniel Street is a PhD candidate in the Composition and Rhetoric Program at the University of South Carolina.  His research interests include Rhetorical Theory, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and Composition Pedagogy.  Specifically, he is interested in how logics of representation structure our most basic theoretical assumptions of how writing works and how it is taught. His dissertation project re-theorizes representation within the structure of writing. The project weaves through five areas central to composition studies: writing theory, the rhetorical situation/ecology, pedagogy, digital writing, and writing program administration.