Winthrop University: Department of English at Winthrop - Faculty Research

English Faculty Research

Dr. Chen Chen

Chen, ChenDr. Chen's research focuses on professional and technical communication, writing pedagogy, writing across the curriculum, rhetoric and social media, professionalization and disciplinarity in rhetoric and composition.

Recent Highlights:

  • 2019 - "#MeToo China: An Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Feminist Rhetoric on Social Media Platforms." University of Alabama English Symposium Digital Rhetoric/Digital Media in the Post-Truth Age (Tuscaloosa, AL) (with Belle Xiaobo Wang from Oxford College at Emory University).
  • 2018 - "Enacting Disciplinary Networks at CCCC." Conference on College Composition and Communication (Kansas City, MO).
  • Forthcoming - "Considering What They Say: An Analysis of Key Terms used by Faculty Across the Curriculum." In Considering What We Know: Threshold Concepts for Writing Studies. Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle (ed.). (with Chris Anson, NC State and Ian Anson, University of Maryland-Baltimore County).
  • Under Publisher Review - "From 1993-2017: Exploring Disciplinary Lore on WPA-L." In Composition As Big Data. Amanda Licastro and Ben Miller (ed.).
  • Work in Progress - "How We Teach How to Teach Multimodality: A Survey of Institutional/Professional Training/Support for Teaching Multimodality." For Council of Writing Program Administrators.
  • Co-Editor: Computers and Writing Conference Proceedings 2018 (forthcoming in February 2019).

Dr. Casey A. Cothran

CothranCaseyDr. Cothran's research focuses on nineteenth-century British Literature and on the mystery/detective genre.

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Dr. Matthew Fike

Dr. Fike's research focuses on applying the depth psychology of C.G. Jung to literature.

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Bryan R. Ghent

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Dr. Amanda L. Hiner

Hiner, AmandaDr. Hiner's research interests include eighteenth-century British literature, eighteenth-century women writers, the British novel, satire, cognitive cultural studies, and critical thinking theory and practice in education and business.

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Dr. Jo Koster

KosterJoDr. Koster's research focuses on the literacy and literate practices of English women in the late medieval period. She also works with popular literature and film, especially Sherlock Holmes, and writes poetry. She loves anything to do with medieval manuscripts.

Recent Highlights:

  • She is revising an article on the prayers of Margery Kempe for a book on Margery Kempe in the Twenty-First Century published by Leicester University Press.
  • She presented a paper on the gender representation strategies of medieval Icelandic women at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages conference in Washington state. This was drawn from a class she taught in Spring 2018.
  • She is working on a book on women's literacy in the late Middle Ages and on an edition of a collection of prayers written by a medieval English anchoress.
  • She has published several poems in an ongoing series produced by Old Mountain Press.

Dr. Mary E. Martin

Dr. Martin focuses on writing poetry. She is almost done with a chapbook of poems focused on dance and movement. She also continues to develop workshops about writing, movement, and art in the community.

Recent Highlights:

  • Poem published in the 2018 Kakalak Anthology
  • Developing an ongoing project with Winthrop students and the women's shelter at Salvation Army. Students converse with the women about their lives and then craft poems from those conversations. A reading will be held the last Saturday in March as part of the SC Humanities Festival at the Salvation Army. Both students and women will participate.

Dr. Allan Nail

NailAllanDr. Nail's research is interested in how high school students learn to develop their writing, and how teachers learn to teach writing.

Recent Highlights:

  • "Replicants, Vampires, and Other Outcasts: Examining Privilege through Genre Literature." in M. Fabrizi (Ed.), Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy: Challenging Genres.
  •  "Do Teachers Dream of Electric Classrooms?: Future Teachers' Attitudes Toward Technology Integration and Writing Instruction." in Writing Pedagogy, Fall 2018.


Dr. Robert Prickett

Recent Highlights:

  • 2019 February - with C. Cothran: "Chewing with Your Mouth Eyes Open: Food & Graphic Novels." The World of Food: Winthrop University's 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference, Rock Hill, SC.
  • In Process - with C. Cothran: "Graphic Crime Fiction" In Janice M. Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King & Andrew Pepper (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Routledge.
  • 2018 November - with K. Beasley, C. Young, and S.L. Groenke: "Finding their true voice: Teaching female coming-of-age graphic novels (for all)." National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • 2018 August - with C. Cothran: "The Double Detective: Compounding Complexity in The Fade Out, a Noir Graphic Novel." Clues: A Journal of Detection. 36.2. McFarland & Co.

Dr. Devon Fitzgerald Ralston

RalstonDevonDr. Ralston's research focuses on the influence of technology on the circulation of texts as well as intersections of identity, online communities, and digital activism. Current research interrogates the impact of digital apps and the circulation of gifs on the visibility and invisibility of queer sexuality.

Recent Highlights:

  • "(Re)Locating Queerness: Techne, Identity, and the Hegemonic Fantasy" with Oren Whightsel forthcoming in Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, 24.1-4.
  • Recently presented "Resonances of Affect: The Writing Center and Queer Identities" at the International Writing Center Association Conference, October 10-13, 2018.
  • Upcoming Presentations: "Cockygate: Trademark, Bullying, Romance Novels and Intellectual Property" at Popular Culture/American Culture Association, April 17-20, 2019.

Dr. Kelly L. Richardson

RichardsonKellyDr. Richardson's research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, twentieth-century American literature, composition, and pedagogy.

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Last Updated: 10/4/21