Phil Bratta

Address: Morrill 104C
Phone: 405-744-2965

Assistant Professor
PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University
MA in English (Composition and Rhetoric), University of Florida
BA in Cultural Studies, Columbia College Chicago

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Visual Rhetorics
  • Embodiment
  • Digital Rhetorics
  • Cultural and Material Rhetorics

Recent & Forthcoming Journal Articles

“Relating Our Experiences: The Practice of Positionality Stories in Student-Centered Pedagogy.” Co-authored with Christina Cedillo. College Composition and Communication. Forthcoming.

“Introduction to the Special Issue: Entering the Cultural Rhetorics Conversations.” Co-authored with Malea Powell. enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, vol. 21, 2016, n.p.

“The Public Pants: A Visual Rhetoric of Gendered and Classed Imperialism”. Visual Culture and Gender, vol. 10, 2015, pp. 19-28.

“Rhetoric and Event: The Embodiment of Lived Events.” enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, vol. 19, 2015, n.p.

“Flag Display Post 9/11: A Discourse on American Nationalism.” The Journal of American Culture, vol. 32, no. 3, 2009, pp. 231-242.

Recent & Forthcoming Book Chapters 

“Nope, Pendejo, Grope, Cock: Trumpicons and Resistance in Uncivil Times.” Co-authored with Laurie Gries. Doing Digital Visual Studies: One Image, Multiple Methodologies, edited by Laurie Gries, Aaron Beveridge, and Blake Hallinan, Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2019. Forthcoming.

“They Believe Their Belief: Rhetorically Engaging Culture through Affect and Ideology.” Affect, Emotion, and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication, edited by Carlton Clark and Lei Zhang, Routledge. Forthcoming.

“Believing in Change: The Aesthetic Value of Repetition and Accumulation to Socially-Engaged Practice.” Co-authored with Ames Hawkins. With the Network/In the Network: Cultural and Artistic Creation, Investigation and Communication in the Internet Era, edited by Lidia Bocanegra Barbecho and Ana García López, University of Granada and Downhill Publishing, 2017, pp. 311-333.

Recent Conference Presentations

“What Stories Might/Should/Can We Tell and Hear? Positionalities in the Classroom.” 2018 Cultural Rhetorics Conference, November 2018. East Lansing, MI.

“What’s Next?: Ideologically Feeling the Narrativized Doxa.” Twelfth Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, October 2018. Louisville, KY.

“Belief Makes the Fact: Ideology, Affect, and Doxa in Political Discourse and the Classroom.” Capacious: Affect Inquiry / Making Space, August 2018, Lancaster, PA.

“Inventing Story: Rhetorical De/livery and Per/form.” Rhetoric Society of America 18th Biennial Conference, May 2018. Minneapolis, MN.

“Working with/in constellations: Orienting to Feminist Scholarly Publishing Practices.” Eleventh Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, October 2017. Dayton, OH.

“Wandering into Wondering and Wonder with(in) a Digital Archive.” 2017 Computers and Writing, June 2017. Findlay, OH.

“Affective Research and Rhetorical Practices with Archives.” 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2017. Portland, OR.

“Cultural Affects of Labor.” 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference, October 2016. East Lansing, MI.

“Embodied Kairos: Moving Beyond the Temporal.” Rhetoric Society of America 17th Biennial Conference, May 2016. Atlanta, GA.

“Building an Outreach Program: Three Key Considerations for Creating, Developing, and Sustaining Community Partnerships.” Conference on Community Writing, October 2015. Boulder, CO.

“Activist Affordances of Digital Storytelling in the Academy,” Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference, September 2015. Northampton, MA.

“Making Spaces through Activist Ritual and Embodied Writing.” 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2015. Tampa, FL.