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Brett Shanley



Ph.D. – English Education – Columbia University – May 2020 (expected)

M.F.A. – Creative Writing – The New School – May 2011

B.A. – Anthropology, German – University of Oregon – June 2016


Teaching and Research Interests


creative nonfiction, critical media literacy, critical pedagogy, imagined communities, lexicography, rhetorical ethics, semiotics, silence as rhetoric, sincerity, visual rhetoric


Selected Publications, Presentations, and Professional Activities

“Typeface Teutonicus: The Socio-Semiotics of German Typography Before 1919,” in Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, DeGruyter Press, Berlin

2018 “We Didn't Start the Fyre: Critical Media Literacy in the Digital Age,” First Year Writing Conference, University of Connecticut

2017 “Confronting Bullshiticus: The Application of Sincerity in Undergraduate Writing,” First Year Writing Conference, University of Connecticut

2017 “Critical Lenses, Empowered Labor,” Graduate English Organization Conference, University of Maryland

2016 “Creative Nonfiction as Means of Situating the Self in Academic Writing,” New Jersey College English Association Conference, Seton Hall University

2015 “Reimagining Freshman Composition through Sincerity,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference, Portland, Oregon


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