Laura Sparks

Composition, English Honors Advisor
ARTS 272

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Laura Sparks earned a Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2014, following a B.A. (2004) and M.A. (2008) in English, at California State University, Chico. Her research interests include rhetorical theory, political rhetorics, digital rhetorics, and composition/writing studies. She is currently pursuing a project on the relationship between rhetoric and (post-9/11) interrogational torture, with particular attention to digital human rights rhetoric and rhetorical constructions of urgency and timeliness. Recent publications and conference presentations include research on Kenneth Burke and Abu Ghraib, cynic rhetoric, and post-human approaches to digital delivery. Her teaching interests range from academic writing to the rhetoric of dirt and cleanliness. Potential future courses include composition theory and pedagogy, as well as special topics in rhetoric and temporality, the relationship of rhetoric to composition, contemporary rhetorical theory (particularly object rhetorics), and rhetorics of civic engagement.

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