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Regina Marie Duthely
Assistant Professor, Writing, New Media, and Digital Literacies, Department of English
University of Puget Sound

PhD, St. John’s University
MA, CUNY Queens College
BA, St. John’s University

As a scholar interested in African American rhetoric, Critical Race Theory, Afro-feminism, and Digital Literacy/New Media studies, Dr. Duthely’s work explores the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in writing classrooms and contemporary digital spaces. Her dissertation project, (Dis)Respectability Politics: Black Feminist Liberatory Digital Rhetorics analyzes the use of (dis)respectability politics in the digital public sphere, and argues that new media spaces serve as liberatory sites of Black feminist protest. Drawing on Black feminist, digital humanities, and Black rhetoric scholarship she uses qualitative research and the reading of Black women’s multimodal texts on social media to examine the subversive rhetoric of Black women through the lens of a Black feminist radical tradition. She has presented this work extensively at conferences such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Thomas R. Watson Conference, and the Computers and Writing Conference. She has pieces forthcoming in Changing English and The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric . Regina Marie Duthely teaches courses on digital rhetoric and writing and literature of the global Afro-diaspora. In her classroom she seeks to expose students to alternative writing spaces, and promote a democratic space that encourages critical approaches to language and writing. Writing as a free democratic practice is critical to her pedagogy and  continued research in African American rhetoric, and Critical Race and Afro-feminist theory.

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Black feminist rhetorics
  • 18th-21st century African American rhetorics
  • Hip-hop rhetoric and pedagogy
  • Digital composition and rhetoric
  • Composition and rhetoric theory and pedagogy