Phil Bratta


Welcome! I’m a Ph.D candidate in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. My research areas are in embodiment, cultural and digital-visual rhetorics, pedagogy, and art and activism. I often examine both the digital and non-digital rhetorical connections between broad cultural movements and embodied practices within spaces and places.

After working as a mechanic for several years, I pursued my BA in Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago. Next, I taught ESL/EFL in Chicago, Arequipa, Peru, and San Diego before returning to academia to receive my MA in English (focus in Composition & Rhetoric) at the University of Florida. While at UF, I taught Technical Writing, Professional Communication, and First-Year Composition courses, and then made my way to the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Department at Michigan State University. At MSU, I have worked in the Writing Center in various capacities, taught Introduction to Professional Writing and First-Year Writing, and held research positions in the department’s Digital Publishing Lab and as the Technology and Communications Manager.