Dr. Abby Dubisar
My academic work considers how individuals use writing and reading in their lives to take action. Whether my research focuses on feminist rhetoric, activism, writing in the disciplines, multimodal and digital literacies, or student writing, my inquiries are motivated by understanding rhetoric in action, how citizens and communities make space for themselves to communicate their arguments.
My current research projects include a feminist rhetorical analysis of the 2012 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Iowa, "She Matters."; archival research on writer and activist Ruth Buxton Sayre (1896-1980), "First Lady of the Farm"; and a person-based project about students' remix videos composed in a feminist theory-focused senior tech comm seminar.
Here at Iowa State I've taught: Engl 250 Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition; Sp Cm 323 Gender and Communication; Engl 418 Argumentation Seminar; Engl 477 "Feminist Theory and Technical Communication," Seminar in Technical Communication; Engl 611. "What Difference Does Rhetoric Make? Activism, Justice, and Social Change," Special Topics in Rhetorical Theory.