I am an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Chico (PhD, Indiana University, 2014), and I teach courses in academic writing, composition pedagogy, and rhetorical studies, as well as supervise composition TAs. Additional teaching interests include women’s rhetorics, professional/public writing, and advocacy rhetorics.
My research centers on political, human rights, and digital advocacy rhetorics. My recent dissertation project, Rhetoric in the Time of Torture, brings together rhetorical theory and interrogational torture, with particular attention to the Torture Memos, Abu Ghraib, and digital human-rights rhetoric. I focus on temporality as a third term to complicate traditional understandings of the rhetoric/torture relationship.
Contact info: Laura Sparks I ARTS 272 I California State University, Chico
LSparks [at] csuchico [dot] edu