PhD Graduate Instructors

Meet our PhD Graduate Instructors

Our graduate students come to us from four continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Representing almost 15 countries (such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Germany and Italy), our students create a diverse community of emerging scholars, committed to learning, collegiality, cultural exchange, world citizenship, civility, and social outreach. 

We currently have 37 graduate students enrolled in our programs, 22 for the MA in English and 15 for the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. While the majority of our students are financially supported through departmental teaching assistantships, two carry research assistantships outside of the department and one is funded through a dissertation fellowship. Five of our PhD students are self-funded and hold teaching, academic, or administrative appointments outside of the department or the university.

Tony Albright

Anthony Albright, PhD Candidate 
MA in Theatre Arts (University of North Dakota, 2013)

Office: Minard 316N

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Bruce Maylath): "Warrior Words"

Biographical Sketch
Hello. My name is Anthony Albright. I am a 5th year PhD student at NDSU. I completed my BA at University of Minnesota in 2011. I completed my MA at University of North Dakota in 2013. I am primarily interested in the linguistic features of U.S. military veterans and how these features determine interactions with civilians and each other.

Anthony Albright, cv (Fa18)


  • 2018 "Composing Our Classrooms: A Veteran Provides Context for Inclusion and Collaborations." New Jersey English Journal, Vol. 7. The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English.


  • 2017 "Parallel Lives." Northern Eclecta. North Dakota State University
  • 2017 "Beat Thump." Northern Narratives. Fargo Public Library
  • 2016 "Of My Brother." Northern Eclecta. North Dakota State University

Conference Participation


  • 2017 "Hearing Marginalized Voices: Otherness, Statelessness, and Cultural Isolation." The 14th Annual Red River Graduate Student Conference, March 24-25 (co-chairs Krista Aldrich and Hannah Honeyman).


  • 2018 "Undecided: Legislation, Villainy & Identity." Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC): Fargo, ND April 6-7.
  • 2018 "Writing to Resist." Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC): Fargo, ND April 6-7.
  • 2018 "Military Veterans: Language in Transition." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Kansas City, MO March 14-17.
  • 2017 "Working with Marginalized Writers." National Council of Teachers of English Conference (NCTE): St. Louis, MO November 16-19.


  • 2017 "Voice Recovery in Popular Media." Panel. Red River Graduate Student Conference: Fargo, ND March 24-25.
  • 2017 "Voices of the Displaced in 'Other' Spaces." Panel. Red River Graduate Student Conference: Fargo, ND March 24-25.


  • 2018 "Rethinking Icebreakers: How to Make them Better." Red River Valley Residence Life Conference: Fargo, ND October 29.
  • 2018 "The Place of Poetry in a High-Stakes World." Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC): Fargo, ND April 6-7.
  • 2018 "Poetry of Resistance." Red River Graduate Student Conference (RRGSC): Fargo, ND April 6-7.
  • 2018 "Military Dialect: Linguistic Enabler of Perpetual War." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC): Kansas City, MO March 14-17.
  • 2017 "Hearing Veteran Voices: Building a Listening Culture." National Council of Teachers of English Conference (NCTE): St. Louis, MO November 16-19.
  • 2017 "In my neighbor's shoes: How caring aids acceptance." Red River Valley Residence Life Conference: Moorhead, MN October 29.
  • 2017 "Warrior Words." Red River Graduate Student Conference: Fargo, ND March 24-25 (by invitation).
  • 2016 "Transformative Narratives of the Journey to and from Soldierhood: What Writing Projects Can Learn from Working with Veterans." National Writing Project Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA November 16-19 (by invitation).
  • 2016 "Ruminations on Environmental Memory." Red River Graduate Student Conference: Fargo, ND February 26-27.
  • 2016 "Open Minds Open Doors." Clinton Global Initiative University: Berkeley, CA, April 1-3 (by invitation).
  • 2015 "Using The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to Teach Saga Literature." Red River Graduate Student Conference: Fargo, ND March 27-30.
  • 2013 My Generation: An Original Theatrical Experience. Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Lincoln, NE January 20-25 (by invitation).

Ahmed Aljaberi

Ahmed Aljaberi, PhD Student
MA in English Language/Linguistics (University of Al-Qadisiy, 2004)
MA in English (University of Amsterdam, 2011)

Office: Minard 318E14

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Lisa Arnold): 

Biographical Sketch
Ahmed Aljaberi is a graduate teaching assistant and a third year PhD student in English Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University. He has two MA degrees, one in English linguistics from Iraq, and the second in English literature and culture from the University of Amsterdam. He has taught ENGL 120 for first year undergraduate college students. Currently he is teaching Upper Division ENGL 321 (Writing in the Technical Professions). His scholarly interests include Rhetoric and Composition, Linguistics, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Digital Rhetoric, and Cultural Studies.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Aljaberi, Ahmed. “Othello’s Ruse in Defiance of Venetian Rules: Marriage, Transgression, and the Discourse of Otherness in Othello.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Jo C Andreassen

Jo C Andreassen, PhD Student
MFA in English (New Mexico State University, 2019)

Office: Minard 318E18 

Biographical Sketch
I am Jo C Andreassen, and have joined the NDSU English Department as a Doctoral Student. My early academic and professional career was focused on Theology and Psychology, but most recently I obtained an M.F.A. in Fiction from New Mexico State University with my primary work being in memory, trauma, and (from a craft perspective) multimodality and hypertextuality. Two of my current interests are the body as living memory and collegiate curricular design and transgressive pedagogical approaches.

Ibtissem Belmihoub

Ibtissem Belmihoub, PhD Student
MA in English (North Dakota State University, 2015)

Office: Minard 318E30

Disquisition Project (w/ Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Kevin Brooks): "Translanguaging online: Decolonizing the Narrative round Refugees"

Biographical Sketch
My name is Ibtissem Belmihoub and I am an international student from Algeria. I am in my 4th year in the PhD program at North Dakota State University, studying Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. I finished my coursework and am currently studying for my preliminary exams. I am looking forward to a new stage in my academic career and life.

I lived in Fargo for 5 years and a half. As a newcomer, I am constantly learning about American culture, its people and its systems. I enjoy learning languages and meeting people from different places. I had the amazing opportunity of meeting different people from around the world both on the NDSU campus and in the community. These experiences have impacted who I am today, as well as the focus of my dissertation work.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Belmihoub, Ibtissem. "What to Expect when you Don't Know What to Expect: International Student Expectations at the Writing Center." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2017.

Belmihoub, Ibtissem. "International Collaboration: A Case Study." Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project Conference (TAPP), 2016.

Natalie Smith Carlson

Natalie Smith Carlson, PhD Student/Senior Lecturer
MA in English (North Dakota State University)

: Minard 316G
Phone: 701-231-5053

Biographical Sketch

I received my Master's degree in composition rhetoric with an emphasis on women’s studies, and 
completed my B.A. at Minnesota State University with a degree in English,
emphasis in multi-ethnic literature, a theatre minor and a Certificate in Publishing 
from New Rivers Press.

Academic Interests: 
I am interested in the representation of women, not only in composition, but societally, and I completed my thesis after studying the way first year students “read” the images of women in our culture. 

I’m also actively involved in working to challenge current medical and social rhetorics around breastfeeding and childbirth.

I press my students to become aware of and involved in social issues in our country. There are so many people who don't get the opportunity for the education that we are currently pursuing and I want my students to understand how we, collectively and individually, arrive at our prejudices, so we can be motivated to create change. 

Experience:  I have held several jobs in English and Theatre instruction over the past 15 years, as well as worked as a composition tutor at MSUM, NDSU, and privately. I’m elated to be working full time as a lecturer in this interesting and supportive department. I also teach in the Women and Gender Studies department, and altogether, have a wide range of classes this year, from English 120 to Writing in the Health Professions, and from Writing in the Technical Professions to Introduction to Masculinities. I’m always working to translate my interest in race, class and gender issues to my students.

I am married and have three kids. We love to travel, make music, and be photographers.

Luc Chinwongs

Luc Chinwongs, PhD Student
MA in English (North Dakota State University, 2008)

Office: Minard 318E26

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Holly Hassel): 

Biographical Sketch
Hello, I’m Luc Chinwongs. I finished my MA coursework at NDSU in 2008 and then taught English in Japan. I then spent several years working in tech support and as a technical writer, before realizing that I missed academia. I entered the English PhD program in 2015 and am currently preparing for my comprehensive exams. My research interests include the representation of nationalistic propaganda in both Japanese and US pop culture.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Chinwongs, Luc. "Beautiful Boy Soldiers: Karou Shintani's Area 88 and the Negotiation of Japanese Post War Masculinity." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2017.

Alan Farhan

Alan Farhan, PhD Student
MA in TESL (Minnesota State University-Moorhead, 2018)

 Minard 318E16

Disquisition Project:

Shane Gomes

Shane Gomes, PhD Student
EGO PhD Vice President/Assistant Director of Upper-Division Writing

MA in English Literature (University of Northern Colorado)

Office: Minard 318E6

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Emliy Wicktor):

Biographical Sketch
Hello! I’m Shane Gomes, and I’m in the midst of the third year of my PhD here at NDSU. I previously completed my MA in English at the University of Northern Colorado and my BA in Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. My primary research interests are in minority representations in Comics, Graphic Novels, and other new media, as well as Strategic Rhetorics of oppression and other Rhetorical Criticisms.

Shane Gomes, cv (Fa18)

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Gomes, Shane. "Shaken, But Not Yet Stirred. The Persistance of Institutionalized Misogyny in the James Bond Series." Literary Conference, Denver, CO, 2015.

Gomes, Shane. “Unweaving the World: Militant Eco-Feminism in Beautiful Darkness.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2017.

Gomes, Shane. "'Everything That Ought to Have Remained Hidden': Sublimation and the Uncanny in Anya’s Ghost." North East Popular Culture Assocation Conference, Amherst, MA, 2017.

Gomes, Shane. "Empathic Teaching: A Deployment of CCT Informed Pedagogy." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Kansas City, MO,. 2018

Gomes, Shane. "'Whiteness Never Has To Speak Its Name': The Rhetorical Construction of Race in Linden Hills." VIII International Gothic Literature Congress, Mexico City, Mexico, 2018.

Stephanie Lemmer

Stephanie Lemmer, PhD Student
MA in Rhetoric and Writing (St. Cloud State University, 2016)
MA in English Studies (St. Cloud State University, 2018)

 Minard 318E14

Disquisition Project:

Biographical Sketch
Stephanie Lemmer is a first-year PhD student in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture program. Conducting her prior studies at St. Cloud State University, Stephanie earned an MA in English Studies, an MA in Rhetoric and Writing, and a BA in English. While she has taught one more than a handful of first-year composition classes, Stephanie has also immersed herself in writing center work and holds a Writing Center Administration certificate. 

Stephanie’s research is focused primarily in queer theory and critical ethnic studies, reflected in her masters’ theses, Spectacular Violence: The Affective Registers of Black Bodies’ Matter and On Twisted Sovereignty: White Queer as Master and Slave and Other Poststructural Perversions. She is additionally quite interested in infusing queer methodologies in the classroom.

Presently, Stephanie, her partner, and aged cat are holding it down in the Midwest’s other windy city.

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Lemmer, Stephanie. “Excellence is Welcome Here: On Meritocratic Tropes." Red  River Graduate Student Conference, 2017.

Lemmer, Stephanie. “What Does It Mean to Teach Writing?" Minnesota Writing and English Conference, St. Paul, MN, 2016.

Lemmer, Stephanie. “How are Our Bodies (Pre)Marked for Capacity or Debility Toward Life or Death?” Panel facilitator, Survive and Thrive Conference, St. Cloud, MN, 2015. 

Yu Meng

Yu (Vicki) Meng, PhD Student
MA in Intercultural Communication and Translation Theory and Practices (Hefei University of Technology, China, 2009)

Office: Minard 318E18

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Bruce Maylath): 

Ashleigh Petts

Ashleigh Petts, PhD Candidate
MA in Professional Writing and Editing (West Virginia University, 2013)
MA in Foreign Languages-Spanish (West Virginia University, 2009)

Office: Minard 316N

Disquisition Project (w/ Dr. Mary McCall): "Creating Institutional Change: Rhetorical Policy Work for Improving Gender Equity in STEM."

Biographical Sketch
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture program, and I was an NDSU Graduate School Dissertation Fellow for 2018-2019. I earned the MA in Professional Writing and Editing at West Virginia University in 2013, and I spent two years working as a technical communicator in Cleveland before I joined the English Department at NDSU.

My dissertation research focuses on institutional rhetorics and policymaking. My other research interests include usability and user experience, medical rhetorics, and writing program administration. I teach courses on writing in the health professions, grant and proposal writing, writing in the technical professions, and first-year composition at NDSU. 

Ashleigh Petts CV

Conference Presentations

  • “Interrogating Americentric Bias in Translingual Scholarship” (with Lisa Arnold). EATAW 2019: 10th Conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, 2019 
  • “Sartorial/Rhetorical Style: Costume and Appearance in Victorian Fallen Woman Fiction.” BELLS 90: 6th International Conference of the English Department, 
    University of Belgrade, 2019.
  • “Collaborating with Students to Create a Course Grading Contract.” Teacher2Teacher at Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention, 2019.
  • “WPA-GO Anti-Racist Assessment Workshop” (with Sara Lovett and Amanda Presswood). Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Conference, 2018.
  • “Crafting a Rhetoric of Response: Making Sense of the West Virginia Water Crisis.” Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), 2018.
  • “Facilitating Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Technical and Professional Communication.” Academic Writing Across Cultures, Belgrade, 2018.
  • “Race, Linguistic Diversity, and Proposing Change: Towards an Antiracist Writing Pedagogy in Professional and Technical Writing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention, 2018.
  • (with Krista Aldrich, Abby Fincel, and Hannah Stevens). “The Ethics and Praxis of Grading Contracts in the University Writing Classroom.” Minnesota Conference on Writing and English, 2018.
  • “Writing and (Re)Reading Julian of Norwich into the Rhetorical Tradition.” Feminisms and Rhetorics, 2017.
  • “‘The Play’s the Thing:’ Mimetic Adaptation in Olivier’s Henry V and Hamlet.” Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA), 2017.
  • “Workplace Feminism and Women’s Leadership: A Response to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.” Red River Women’s Studies Conference (RRWSC), 2017.
  • “A Rhetoric of Raising Hell: Mother Jones’ Charleston Speeches.” 34th Annual Women’s Week, North Dakota State University, 2016.
  • “Rewriting the Body: Appropriating Technical Communication Genres for Medical Legitimacy.” Great Plains Association for Computers and Writing, 2015.

Workshop, Seminar, and Webinar: Organizer, Presenter/national

  • Environmental Justice Working Group, Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Project in Power, Place, and Publics, 2019. 
  • “Grading Contracts in the Writing Classroom” (with Krista Aldrich and Hannah Stevens). WPA-GO Community Calls. Zoom Presentation. February 6, 2017. 

Workshop, Seminar, and Webinar: Organizer, Presenter/at NDSU

  • “Working with Multilingual Students in the Writing Classroom: An Introduction to Scholarship and Best Practices” (with Lisa Arnold and Matt Warner). NDSU Writing Programs Spring Semester Workshop, January 5, 2018. 
  • “Grading Contracts in a Nutshell: The What, the Why, the How” (with Krista Aldrich, Taija Noel, Abby Fincel, and Hannah Stevens.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag Discussion, November 11, 2017. 
  • “Framing Genre Effectively” (with Lisa Arnold). NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag Discussion, April 25, 2017. “Revision and Design” (with Lisa Arnold). NDSU W-Challenge Workshop, January 26, 2017. 
  • “Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Writing Classroom” (with Kevin Brooks, Lisa Arnold, Alison Driscoll, Jamee Larson, and Kaye Temanson). NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag Discussion, October 28, 2016.
  • “Polishing Your Writing” (with Lisa Arnold). NDSU W-Challenge Workshop. March 22, 2016. 

Workshop, Seminar, and Webinar: Participant/national 

  • “Analyzing Cross-cultural Data in an International Context.” Led by Tiane Donahue, Dartmouth University. ATTW 2018, Kansas City, KS. March 14, 2018.
  • “Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Politicizing Posthumanisms, Rhetoricizing New Materialisms.” Seminar, Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017. University of Dayton, October 6, 2017.

Workshop, Seminar, and Webinar: Participant/at NDSU

  • “From Theory to Practice.” Led by Robert Reason, Professor at Iowa State University. Sponsored by NDSU Division of Student Affairs. November 2, 2016.
  • NDSU AHSS Graduate Student Teaching Café. August 2017—May 2017.  
  • Anti-Racism and Multiculturalism Across the Curriculum (ARMAC). Sponsored by NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning. May 23-27, 2016. 
  • “Teaching Online, Hybrid, and Multimodal Courses.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. October 10, 2018.
  • “Teaching Without Textbooks.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. April 26, 2018.
  • “Teaching Difficult Reading.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. March 28, 2018.
  • “What They Wish Teachers Knew: International Students in Upper Division Writing Courses.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. October 23, 2017.
  • “On Demand Writing.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. March 31, 2017.
  • “e-Portfolios.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. November 16, 2016.
  • “Student Evaluations.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. April 26, 2016.
  • “Inclusive Pedagogies.” NDSU Writing Programs Brown Bag. December 2, 2015.

Matthew Warner

Matthew Warner, PhD Candidate
MA in English (North Dakota State University, 2011)

Office: Minard 316N

Disquisition Project (w/ Bruce Maylath and Kevin Brooks): 

Biographical Sketch
My name is Matthew Warner.  I started the Master’s Program at NDSU in 2005.  After a five-year break, I finished my course of studies and a master's paper ("Never Just a Game: How the Interplay of Video Games and the 'Real World' Complicates Boundaries in Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life").  During the break, I worked as a computer programmer in China (Hangzhou, Zhejiang).  Currently, I am enrolled in the doctoral program.  

Some of my areas of interest are gaming theory, data-mining, project management methods, writing center theory, contrastive rhetoric, programming languages, and the novelists Wang Shuo and Salman Rushdie.

Amanda Watts

Amanda Watts, PhD Student
EGO PhD President
MA in Principles of Conservation (University College London, 2009)
MS in Conversation for Archeology and Museums (University College London, 2011)

Office: Minard 318E16

Disquisition Project (w/Dr. Mary McCall): 

Biographical Sketch
Amanda Watts joined the Ph.D. program in English to study international technical writing in the field of cultural heritage. With a BA in archaeology from Boston University and both an MA and MS from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in museum conservation ethics (MA) and archaeological objects conservation (MS), Amanda is focusing on the rhetorical context of writing cultural heritage policy documents for an international audience. Field projects include work in Egypt (Giza), Turkey (Catalhoyuk), UK National Trust, Museum of London, Rapa Nui, and Afghanistan (Mes Aynak). Amanda continues to serve the National Museum of Afghanistan on joint projects with the Oriental Institute, Chicago. 

Conferences, Presentations, and Publications
Watts, Amanda. “A Muse of Fire: Translating the Role of Chorus from State to Film.” Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, 2018.

Watts, Amanda. “Power Over Gods: The Anthropomorphism and Destruction of Buddhist Figures from Hadda.” Red River Graduate Studies Conference (RRGSC), 2018.

Watts, Amanda. “The Essential Role of the Chorus in Film Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry V.” Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association, 2017.

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