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Christina Boyles

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Christina Boyles is an Assistant Professor of Culturally-engaged Digital Humanities in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Her research explores the relationship between surveillance, social justice, and the environment. She is the co-founder of SurvDH, a community exploring the intersections between surveillance and the humanities. Her published work appears in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Bodies of Information: Feminist Debates in the Digital Humanities, American Quarterly, The Southern Literary Journal, The South Central Review, and Plath Profiles. Boyles received her Ph.D. from Baylor University.

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Bill Hart-Davidson

Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies, College of Arts & Letters

Bill Hart-Davidson earned his Ph.D. in 1999 in Rhetoric & Composition from Purdue University. He is a Senior Researcher at WIDE Research Center and at Matrix. He is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts & Letters. Bill is Vice President for Research and Product Innovation for Drawbridge, Inc., a learning technology spin-off company he helped to co-found. Drawbridge offers Eli Review, a software service that supports peer learning. He is a co-founder of the Experience Architecture program.

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Zach Kaiser

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Experience Architecture, Department of Art, Art History, & Design

Zach Kaiser is an experience designer, educator, and music producer. He earned his MFA in design from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013. Zach is also a co-founder of Skeptic, a Boston-based research and design collective whose work ranges from large-scale interactive installations to service design, and from brand identity design to mobile application design and development. The work of Skeptic has been featured at several design conferences, including UX Fest 2013 and Design Exchange Boston.

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Jeff Kuure

Academic Specialist, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Jeff Kuure is an Academic Specialist in the department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures where he teaches undergraduate courses on visual rhetoric, web development, and computational thinking in the Experience Architecture program. Prior to earning his MFA in Digital Media and Sculpture from Washington State University, he worked as a web developer in Detroit and Arizona, in the IT department at Michigan Tech, and as a graphic designer in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at WSU.

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Benjamin Lauren

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Benjamin Lauren is an Assistant Professor of Experience Architecture in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, where he teaches for the undergraduate majors in Professional and Public Writing and Experience Architecture and the graduate program in Rhetoric and Writing. He is also a Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Researcher and the Book Editor for Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ). His research focuses on how people manage creative and collaborative activities in a variety of professional contexts. Other recent projects have addressed mobile application development, the environmental design of workplaces, agile and lean project management, and play-based training in the workplace.

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Casey McArdle

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Casey McArdle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He teaches in the Writing Program and in the Professional and Public Writing and Experience Architecture majors.  He has several publications and conference presentations that focus on online interaction via academic, professional, and social spaces. His research interests examine digital rhetoric, social media, leadership, online writing instruction, web development, experience architecture, user experience, rhetorical theory, and instructional design.

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John Monberg

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

John Monberg is an Assistant Professor whose work identifies the information infrastructures needed for the kinds of community deliberation adequate to meet the challenges of globalization. Because these infrastructures are designed, his work pays special attention to the productive practices that mediate culture, technology, and public. His work seeks to deepen this understanding by drawing upon a shared department culture that understands the complex relationships between writing and infrastructure, and the work of writing in variety of social contexts, institutional arrangements, and genres. One of his recent initiatives is translating humanities frameworks for making sense of ethics, deliberation, and community engagement practices for Smart City projects.

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Dawn Opel

Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Dawn Opel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, where she teaches in the Professional and Public Writing and Experience Architecture majors. Dawn’s interest in rhetoric, law, and policy stems from her legal background, having served as a federal law clerk and lawyer with legal aid societies and other nonprofit organizations. Dawn arrived in WRAC from Arizona State, where she held a postdoctoral fellowship in computational humanities and data science in the Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics. Dawn’s recent research focuses on healthcare information, technologies, policies, and patient user experience.

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Liza Potts

Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Liza Potts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is the director of WIDE Research Center. Her research interests include digital rhetoric, internet studies, and social user experience. She has worked for Microsoft, consultancies, and start-ups as a director, information architect, and program manager. Liza earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university. She is a co-founder of the Experience Architecture program.

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Scott Schopieray

Director of Academic Technology, College of Arts & Letters

Scott Schopieray earned his Ph.D. in Learning, Technology and Culture from the MSU College of Education and is currently Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters. His work is focused on technology enhanced teaching and Learning — particularly online/blended and experiential learning. Current projects are focused on location aware mobile learning environments, augemented reality and studying effects of virtual and physical spaces on learning.

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Rebecca Tegtmeyer

Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Rebecca Tegtmeyer is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Rebecca also serves as Director of Visual Interaction Design Projects at MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University.  Rebecca is an accomplished designer in both the professional and academic spheres. Before coming to MSU, she obtained her Masters in Graphic Design from NC State University’s College of Design. Prior to graduate school she worked as a designer and art director at Hallmark Cards Inc. At Hallmark she had various roles that primarily involved managing product development and designers in merchandising, marketing, and in-house communications. She is a co-founder of the Experience Architecture program.

Affiliate Faculty

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Joshua Sanchez

User Experience and Assessment Librarian, MSU Libraries

Joshua Ethan Sanchez is the User Experience and Assessment Librarian at MSU. He earned his MSI in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. His work is focused on assessing and improving the user’s experience within the Libraries’ digital and physical spaces. He is a member of the Digital Scholarship Lab team, where his current projects focus on accessibility of emerging technologies in the Lab. Prior to joining MSU, Joshua spent four years at the University of Michigan as a member of the Library Operations team in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

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