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Erin O'Quinn


Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Erin O’Quinn’s research has largely focused upon the intersections among visual rhetoric, social justice pedagogy and multimodal assignments within the first-year composition classroom. Her interests have recently extended to museum studies, specifically multimodal exhibits within cultural heritage sites.


“Teaching the Social Justice Photo Essay in the First Year Composition Classroom,” October 2015. Conference on Community Writing, Boulder, CO.

“Framed and Reframed: Storify and the Rhetoric of Social Issue Documentation,” February 2016. SWPCA/ACA 36th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM (recipient of a Heldrich-Dvorak Travel Fellowship 2016).

“The Rhetoric of Data Visualization: Infographics in the FYC Classroom,” March 2016. Carolina Rhetoric Conference, Raleigh, NC.

“A Lesson in Netnography: Media Literacy in the First-year Composition Classroom,” September 2016. Communication and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL (Graduate Scholar 2016).

“The New Map”: Conversations on Aerial Imaging During WWII,” February 2017. Carolina Rhetoric Conference, Columbia, SC.


B.A. English University of Georgia 2014

M.A. English University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2016

Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media North Carolina State University 2020