Brice Nordquist

Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric


Ph.D., University of Louisville.

Research & Scholarship

Working at the intersections of composition, literacy studies, sociolinguistics and mobility studies, my research investigates relations among language and literacy practices across media, educational and occupational institutions, material and digital spaces, and cultural and geopolitical borders. Some of my research and thinking about literacy, language and mobility appears in JAC (2009 & 2012); the collection Reworking English in Rhetoric and Composition edited by Bruce Horner and Karen Kopleson. I’ve also coedited a forthcoming collection of essays with Bruce Horner and Susan Ryan titled Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition, and am coeditor of The Working Papers Series on Negotiating Differences in Language and Literacy: Practices and Pedagogies.

My current book project, follows eleven students from different tracks of English in a “failing” public high school through their first years at research universities, colleges, and full-time jobs. I draw upon a range of data types collected while participating in students’ patterns of movement in and across scenes of literacy, and I use this data to investigate the ways in which students draw upon multiple literacies and linguistic resources to accommodate, resist, and transform conventions of discourse, genre, and discipline. The study illustrates the lateral and recursive natures of students’ movements and thereby reveals the mutually constitutive relations among literacy events and practices across space and time. It also demonstrates the ways in which agency emerges from the circulations of literacies, languages, objects, ideas and identities that constitute various localities.


My research is motived, in large part, by a pursuit of effective writing pedagogy and program administration. I believe that to actively contribute to the conversations and contexts they care about, students must come to see themselves as agents continually reproducing and remaking themselves and their communities with multiple literacies and language resources. And so this question of how students begin to see themselves as agents, as makers of the communities and identities that constitute the educational, occupational, civic, and social organizations in which they participate, is one that drives my scholarship and teaching.

Current and Future Courses:

WRT 105 | Introduction to College Writing: Composing College and Career (FA.14)

WRT 424 | Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Identity: Writing Self and Space (SP.15)

WRT 428 | Studies in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy: Reading-Writing Networks (FA.14)

WRT 440 |  Studies in the Politics of Language and Writing: (Un)Doing English (FA.15)

CCR 651  | Language, Literacy, and Mobility (FA.15)

CCR 760  | Advanced Studies in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric: Ethnography of Literacy: Mobility, Complexity, Materiality (SP.15)