Laura McGrath

Dr. McGrath in Bern, Switzerland

Professor of English and Professional Writing

How can we use words and media elements to connect with others and achieve our goals? Or, as expressed by Charles Bazerman in A Rhetoric of Literate Action (2013),

How through a speech act can I change the symbolic landscape so as to change the field upon which others will act in order to assert my concerns, interests, contribution, or participation into the process or outcome? (88)

These questions, and the "conceptual tools" of rhetoric and composition studies, guide my work as a teacher and researcher.

To borrow language attributed to my pal in the photo, Albert Einstein, I'm "passionately curious." Currently, I'm trying to understand

  • women's empowerment discourses.
  • identity performances on social media, especially Instragram.
  • STEM/STEAM discourses.

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