A sculpture of books pouring from a second story window by artist Alicia Martin. 

I am so grateful for the many folks who have contributed their time and energy to building this resource. Listed alphabetically by last name below are the contributors for the UnTextbook, including editorial assistants and unique content contributors.

Editorial Assistants

Content Contributors

  • Jasmine Baxter is a former doctoral student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN-TC) with concentrations in rhetoric and media studies. Their research focuses on popular media representations, gender, and race, and their contributions appear in the "Whistleblowers" entry in "The Rhetoric of Secrecy and Surveillance."
  • Dani Follett-Dion is a former undergraduate student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN-TC). Her prose appears at the beginning of the "The Police and the Detective" entry in "The Rhetoric of Secrecy and Surveillance." She graduated with honors from UMN-TC in 2021.
  • Dr. Daniel Faltesek is a media studies professor, the coordinator of New Media Communications since 2016, and the director of the GameLab at Oregon State University since 2012. His research is in Cultural Analytics, investigating how larger logistical factors (technical, legal, and financial) shape the kinds of material that flow through social media systems. Presently, his research has focused on computationally driven methods of network analysis, image plotting, and scraping. He situates his work in a triangle between logistical media studies, design, and computer science. His diagram of the Toulmin Model, labeled "Debate in a Digital Age" appears in Chapter 7: Rhetoric and Argumentation.
  • Dr. Michael Lechuga researches and teaches Latina/o/x Studies Communication Studies, Rhetoric, Migration and Settler Colonialism Studies, and Affect Studies. His research explores the ways migrants and migrant communities are subjected in the US by austere migration control structures and white nationalist ideologies. His current research focuses on the role that technology plays in border security assemblages and the ways alienhood is mapped onto migrant bodies through contemporary mechanisms of white-settler governance. His recorded lecture, "Incomunicable," originally delivered at the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University, appears in Chapter 11: The Settler Situation.
  • Dr. Bridie McGreavey is an Associate Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. McGreavy is also a Faculty Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions. She studies how communication shapes sustainability and justice efforts in coastal shellfishing communities, river restoration and freshwater conservation initiatives, and diverse collaborations to address complex problems. She teaches courses in environmental communication, communication research methods, rhetorical theory and method, and sustainability science. Her "Classical Rhetoric Timeline" diagram appears in Chapter 3: Propaganda and the Common Good.  
  • Dr. Emily Winderman specializes in the rhetorical study of a wide range of reproductive healthcare, including birth control, family planning, abortion care, and birthing practices. She generally approaches these topical areas through the theoretical affordances of affect theory and public emotion, rhetorical history, and public address. Specifically, her work asks "what emotions do" in order to constitute, shape, and manage different publics' relationships to health. Her recorded lecture on "The Narrative Paradigm" appears in Chapter 8: Rhetoric and Narrative. Her diagram of "the ideograph" also appears in Chapter 6: Rhetoric and Ideology.
  • Dr. Kurt Zemlicka is a senior lecturer in the Department of English and a member of the Communication and Public Advocacy Program at Indiana University. He studies public controversies over scientific research, the rhetoric of science, and the role the humanities must play in shaping public advocacy regarding scientific research and science-based policies. He has published research on public debates over controversial gene-editing technologies, and presented public and academic lectures on public attitudes toward science in the 20th- and the 21st-century United States. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lecture on "Deconstruction and/of Science" appears in the "Nuclear Secrets" entry of "The Rhetoric of Secrecy and Surveillance."