Justin Atwell, Graduate Teaching Instructor
Office: Minard 318B
I am a first year PhD student studying Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Originally from Glendive, Montana, I completed by Bachelor of Arts in English at NDSU in 2010 and went on to complete my Master of Arts in English at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While at Iowa State, I served as an instructor of Speech Communication 212--the fundamentals of public speaking course-- and earned a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. In addition, I presented at the 2011 Craft, Critique, and Culture Conference at the University of Iowa and the 2012 Central States Communication Association Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In the spring of 2012, I completed my thesis, "The Transcendentalist Hip-Hop Movement," under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Wynn Sivils.
At NDSU, I teach two sections of ENGL 120. My research interests include the study of hip-hop and its influence on American culture, the rhetoric of independent hip-hop (particularly of the Midwest), 20th and 21st-century American literature, and Native American literature.