Phil Bratta

curriculum vitae pdf

Education

Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI
Ph.D in Rhetoric and Writing | May 2018
Committee: Dànielle DeVoss (chair), Malea Powell, Bill Hart-Davidson, and Trixie Smith
Dissertation: Bridging Culture and Affect: Rhetorical Practices with(in) a Digitized Archive

University of Florida | Gainesville, FL
M.A. in English (Composition and Rhetoric) | May 2013
Thesis Committee: Laurie Gries (chair) and Sidney Dobrin

Columbia College Chicago | Chicago, IL
B.A. in Cultural Studies | December 2008
Capstone Committee: Ann Hetzel Gunkel (director) and Ames Hawkins

Administrative and Research Appointments

Research Assistantships, Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, Michigan State University, AY2017-2018, AY2016-2017, AY2015-2016

Technology Research Assistant | AY2017-2018, Summer 2017
Editorial Assistant for Production and Technology, Digital Publishing Lab | AY2016-2017, Summer 2017
Research Assistant, Digital Publishing Lab | AY2015-2016, Summer 2016

Writing Center Appointments, The Writing Center @ MSU, Michigan State University, AY2014-2015, AY2013-2014

Coordinator, Graduate Writing Groups & Navigating Workshop Series, Workshop/Curriculum development (Navigating the Master workshop; Write-In Events) | Summer 2015, AY2014-2015
Writing Center Satellite Coordinator, MSU Union Center Satellite | AY2013-2014
Graduate Writing Group Facilitator | AY2014-2015, AY2013-2014

Publications

Refereed Articles

Bratta, P. and Powell, M. (2016, April). Introduction to the Special Issue: Entering the Cultural Rhetorics Conversations. enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, 21, n.p. Available: http://www.enculturation.net/entering-the-cultural-rhetorics-conversations

Bratta, P. (2015, September). The Public Pants: A Visual Rhetoric of Gendered and Classed Imperialism. Visual Culture and Gender, 10, 19-28. Available: http://vcg.emitto.net/

Bratta, P. (2015, August). Rhetoric and Event: The Embodiment of Lived Events. enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, 19, n.p. Available: http://enculturation.net/rhetoric-and-event

Bratta, P. (2009, September). Flag Display Post 9/11: A Discourse on American Nationalism. The Journal of American Culture, 32(3), 231-242.  *Honorable Mention, William M. Jones Best Graduate Student Paper

Refereed Book Chapters

Bratta, P. (forthcoming). Cultural Affect: A Theory of Affect, Rhetoric, and Culture. Proposal accepted and manuscript in progress for Zhang, Lei (Ed.), Affect Theory and Rhetorical Persuasion in Mass Communication. Routledge.

Hawkins, A. and Bratta, P. (forthcoming December 2017). Believing in Change: The Aesthetic Value of Repetition and Accumulation to Socially Engaged Practice. In  Bocanegra Barbecho, Lidia & García López, Ana (Eds.), Con la Red / En la Red: Creación, Investigación y Comunicación Cultural y Artística en la Era Internet (With the Network/In the Network: Cultural and Artistic Creation, Investigation and Communication in the Internet Era). University of Granada and Downhill Publishing New York.

Journal Issues

Bratta, P. and Sundvall, S. (forthcoming September 2019). Guest editors: Digital Technologies, the Bodies, and Embodiments. Computers and Composition: An International Journal.

Bratta, P., Powell, M., Riley-Mukavetz, and Levy, D. (2016, April). Guest editors: Cultural Rhetorics. enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, 21.

Non-Refereed Articles

Bratta, P., Powell, M., and DeVoss, D. (2016, November). Infrastructures, Authorships, and the Digital Publishing Lab. Contribution to Blog Carnival 10 “The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Publishing” for the University of Michigan Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Available: http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2016/11/18/authorships-infrastructures-and-the-digital-publishing-lab/

Bratta, P. (2015, February). Embodiment and Technology in Visual Rhetorics: A Review of Propen’s Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics. Book Review of Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics (Amy Propen, 2012, Parlor Press). Contribution to a collaborative webtext produced for the University of Michigan Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Available: http://www.digitalwriting.org/860

Works in Progress

Bratta, P. Working Hands: Labors of Non-text, Text, and Event. Targeted Journal: Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society.

Bratta, P. Performing Embodiment: A Rhetorical Event. Targeted Journal: Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Presentations

Refereed Conferences

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

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

Bratta, P. (2017, June). Individual Presenter. “Creating constellations: A Study in Culturally-Relevant Digital Scholarly Publishing.” 2017 Computers and Writing, Findlay, OH.

Bratta, P. (2017, March). Individual Presenter. “Affective Research and Rhetorical Practices with Archives.” 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR.

Bratta, P. (2017, March). Individual Presenter. “Developing constellations: A Journey in Collaborative Scholarly Publishing Practices.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) 2017, Portland, OR.

Bratta, P., Powell, M., and Tekobbe, C. (2017, March). Panel Presenter. “Cultural Rhetorics Consortium Meeting.” 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR.

Bratta, P. (2016, May). Individual Presenter. “Embodied Kairos: Moving Beyond the Temporal.” Rhetoric Society of America 17th Biennial Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bratta, P. (2016, October). Individual Presenter. “Cultural Affects of Labor.” 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Smith, T., Baldwin, D., and Bratta, P. (2015, October). Panel Presenter. “Building an Outreach Program: Three Key Considerations for Creating, Developing, and Sustaining Community Partnerships.” Conference on Community Writing, Boulder, CO.

Bratta, P. (2015, September). Individual Presenter. “Connecting Self to Activism Matters” as part of panel “Activist Affordances of Digital Storytelling in the Academy” with Hawkins, A. and Trauman, R. Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference, Northampton, MA.

Turner, H., Bratta, P., Schulert, J., Green, M., Braude, M., and Johnson, S. (2015, April). Roundtable Presenter. “Reciprocal Relationships with Communities: Ethics in #MidwestHungeris.” East Central Writing Centers Association 2015 Conference, Notre Dame, IN.

Bratta, P. (2015, March). Individual Presenter. “Making Spaces through Activist Ritual and Embodied Writing.” 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL.

Bratta, P. (2014, October). Individual Presenter. “Working Hands: Labors of Non-text, Text, and Event.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation!, East Lansing, MI.

Bratta, P. (2014, May). Individual Presenter. “Embodying the Digital Other in the Rhetorical Ecology of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Body Movies.” Rhetoric Society of America 16th Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Bratta, P. (2014, March). Individual Presenter. “Empowering Students: Transformation of Experience through Critical Autoethnography and Digital Writing.” 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN.

Bratta, P. (2013, May). Individual Presenter. “Rethinking Rhetoric and Event: Lived Events in Rhetorical Ecology.” Cultural Studies Association International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Bratta, P. (2011, April). Individual Presenter. “Voice of Right: Popular Rhetoric for Undermining Liberties.” Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Bratta, P. and Hawkins, A. (2009, April). Co-Presenter. “Imagining New Wealth as a Postcolonial Notion Through Activist Art and The Cradle Project.” Wealth + New Wealth Virtual Symposium, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Bratta, P. (2009, April). Individual Presenter. “Flag Display Post 9/11: A Discourse on American Nationalism.” Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Invited Lectures/Talks

“Data as Art, in Activism, for Making.” (2016, November). Ames Hawkins and Robin Whatley’s Death and Desire Undergraduate Course, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

“Politics of You in Research.” (2016, November). Andrea Riley-Mukavetz’s Research Methods Graduate Course, Bowling Green University, Toledo, OH.

“Developing a Research Self and Managing Expectations in Graduate School.” (2016, September). Malea Powell’s Research Colloquium Graduate Course, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Workshops

“Write-in at The Graduate School,” Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Writing Center @ MSU, Michigan State University, November 2014, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, November 2016

“Navigating the Ph.D: Writing Processes and Strategies for Academic Writing,” Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Writing Center @ MSU, Michigan State University, October 2014, November 2014, February 2015, April 2015, September 2015

“Navigating the Master: Writing Processes and Strategies for Academic Writing,” Sponsored by The Graduate School and The Writing Center @ MSU, Michigan State University, September 2014, January 2015

“Flash Fiction,” Creativity Exploratory: Beyond Insights: Collaborating with Community, College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, February 2014, April 2014, September 2014

“Peer Response,” Okemos High School, November 2013

“Communicating with Visuals,” The Writing Center @ Michigan State University, October 2013

“Research Writing in Nursing and the Sciences” (with Matt Gomes), The Writing Center @ Michigan State University, September 2013

“Engineers and Social Activism: Making Bones for One Million Bones project,” University of Florida, March 2012

Teaching Appointments

Graduate Intern (for Trixie Smith) | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI | Spring 2017
WRA 848 American Cultural Rhetorics

Graduate Instructor | Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI | AY2015-2016 (total of 3 semesters, 3 sections)
WRA 110 Writing: Science and Technology
WRA 202: Introduction to Professional Writing

Graduate Instructor | University of Florida, Gainesville, FL | AY2011-2012, Summer 2012, AY2012-2013 (total of 5 semesters, 9 sections)
ENC 1101 Writing Academic Arguments
ENC 1102 Rhetoric and Academic Research
ENC 2210 Technical Writing (Online Course)
ENC 3254 Professional Communication for Engineers

ESL Teacher | EF Language Institution, San Diego, CA | January 2011 – August 2011
Cambridge Prep Course CPE
General English Language
Special Interest Course: Communication
Special Interest Course: Grammar

EFL Instructor | Center of Languages, Universidad Católica San Pablo |Arequipa, Peru | January 2010 – January 2011
EFL/ESL Beginner-Advanced levels

Co-Instructor (with Kate Dougherty) | Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL | Summer 2009
English Studies (Summer Bridge Program)

Teaching Assistant (for Ames Hawkins) | Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL | August 2008 – December 2008
HU 46-1100 Introduction to Cultural Studies

Service

Discipline

Conference Activity

Co-Chair (with Malea Powell and Andrea Riley-Mukavetz) | 2018 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | November 2018
Proposal Reviewer | 2018 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | November 2018.
Panel Chair, Peer Tutoring Strategies for Campus Writing Centers | 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication | March 2017
Member, Submissions Review Sub-Committee | 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | October 2016
Member, Publicity/Social Media Sub-Committee | 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | October 2016
Member, Program Sub-Committee | 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | October 2016
Proposal Reviewer | 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference | October 2016
Co-Chair (with Malea Powell) | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Chair, Local Arrangements Sub-Committee | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Member, Conference Website Sub-Committee | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Member, Program Sub-Committee | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Member. Partners & Funding Sub-Committee | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Proposal Reviewer | 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation! | October 2014
Panel Chair, Classroom Matters: Pedagogy in Practice and Philosophy | University Writing Program Conference | February 2013

Editorial Work

Managing Editor | constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space | December 2016 – Current
Editorial Assistant | Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies | September 2016 – Current
Editor-at-Large | Digital Humanities Now | February 2016 – Current
Assistant Editor | The Best of Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2012 and 2014| November 2013 and November 2015

Institutional

Recruitment Committee Member, Writing, Rhetoric, and Praxis Recruitment Committee | Michigan State University | AY2016-2017, AY2015-2016, AY2014-2015, AY2013-2014
Recruitment Co-Chair (with Maria Novotny), Writing, Rhetoric, and Praxis Recruitment Committee | Michigan State University | AY2014-2015
Member, Outreach Committee, The Writing Center @ MSU | Michigan State University | AY2014-2015, AY13-2014
Task Force Member and Classroom Correspondent, Critical Encounters Initiative | Columbia College Chicago | AY2008-2009, AY2007-2008

Community

Volunteer | #midwesthungeris Concert | April 2016
Volunteer | Community Composing Project PhotoVoice | November 2015
Volunteer | #midwesthungeris Creating with the Stars | November 2014, April 2015
Volunteer | Write-a-Thon Event | October 2014
Station Leader and Guest Lecturer | One Million Bones | September 2011 – June 2013
President | Cultural Collective Zine | July 2008 – March 2009
Volunteer | Columbia College ReachOut | March 2008 – March 2009
Participant | Res Corporealis: Material Bodies | May 2008
Volunteer Organizer | Public Action for Change Today | September 2007 – August 2008

Grants

Co-Writer. (2017, March). National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Faculty. “Diverse and Inclusive Scholarly Publishing in Digital Environments.” [Under Review: $107,471]

Co-Writer. (2016, October). Humanities Without Walls Consortium: The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate. “Transforming the Humanities: Establishing and Imagining Deliberately Inclusive Digital Publishing Spaces.” [Not Accepted: $141,939]

Co-Writer. (2016, September). ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship. American Council of Learned Societies. “Scholarly Collectives and constellations: Rethinking Academic Scholarship, Publishing, and Mentoring.” [Not Accepted: $92,627]

Co-Writer. (2015, January). The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Project Support. “Community Composing Project: #MidwestHungerIs.” [Funded: $10,160]

Co-Writer. (2014, October). The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Project Support. “Community Composing Project: #MidwestHungerIs.” [Funded: $11,438]

Co-Writer. (2014, July). Humanities Without Walls Consortium: Global Midwest Initiative Seed Grant. MSU College of Arts and Letters. “The Writing Center @ Michigan State University Outreach Initiative.” [Not Accepted: $5,000]

Co-Writer. (2014, May). Michigan Campus Compact 43rd Venture Grant Cycle. Michigan Campus Compact’s (MiCC) Venture Grant. “The Writing Center @ Michigan State University Outreach Initiative.” [Funded: $2,672]

Awards

COGS Disciplinary Leadership Endowment Award, The MSU Graduate School, Spring 2015
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Baskins Scholarship, University of Florida, Department of English, AY2011-2013
Honorable Mention, William M. Jones Best Graduate Student Paper, The Journal of American Culture, September 2009
Honors award, Columbia College Chicago Cultural Studies Capstone project, December 2008

Fellowships

MSU College of Arts & Letters Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Summer 2017
MSU College of Arts & Letters Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2016
MSU College of Arts & Letters Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2015
Conference Travel Fellowship, The MSU Graduate School, AY2014-2015, AY2013-2014

Professional Development

Rhetoric’s Affect/Affect’s Rhetoric Seminar. Rhetoric Society of America Seventh Biennial Institute 2017. (2017, May). Indiana University Conferences, Bloomington, IN.
Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute @ Ohio State. (2016, May). The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
The Responsibility of Teachers in the Wake of Racial Violence Teach-In (2015, August). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Chapter & Article Proposal Workshop (2014, April). MSU Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Digital Humanities Brown Bag Series, bi-weekly (January 2014 – April 2014). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Professional Affiliations

Cultural Rhetorics Consortium
Cultural Studies Association
Conference on College Composition and Communication
HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory)
Labor and Working-Class History Association
Modern Language Association
Rhetoric Society of America
WIDE (Writing, Information, and Digital Experience)

Certifications

Teaching Knowledge Test Module 2 Band 3, March 2011
University of Cambridge ESOL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), November 2009
TEFL Institute, Chicago