Marika Seigel

Marika Seigel


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  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Humanities
  • Interim Director, Undergraduate Composition Program
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Marika Seigel’s scholarship focuses on the rhetoric of health and medicine—particularly as it pertains to women's reproductive health and pregnancy—as well as on writing program administration and innovative approaches to undergraduate education. She teaches courses in rhetoric and composition and technical communication at Michigan Tech. Dr. Seigel's recent research projects include an oral history project focused on women's pregnancy and childbirth experiences during the Soviet occupation of Estonia and the development and assessment of a new collaborative teaching model for delivering Composition instruction and teacher training. She is currently serving as PI on a National Endowment for the Humanities Connections Planning Grant to develop a "Human-Centered Engineering Initiative." As Educational Innovation Strategist for the newly created IDEA Hub, she is coordinating the Tech Forward "Education for the 21st Century" initiative in the areas of first-year education, general education, and interdisciplinary education.

In addition to two books with the University of Chicago Press--The Rhetoric of Pregnancy, and Expecting: A Brief History of Pregnancy Advice--Dr. Seigel's work has appeared in scholarly journals such as College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, and Transactions on Computing Education as well as in more popular outlets such as Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed News, and McSweeney's.

Research Areas

  • Rhetoric of health and medicine
  • Feminist theory
  • Women's rhetorics
  • Rhetoric of science and technology
  • Technical communication
  • Usability
  • Writing program administration
  • Undergraduate education