Jennifer Nish

Portrait of Jennifer in a green sweater.


  • Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Ph.D., English, University of Kansas
  • B.A., English & Psychology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln


Dr. Nish's research engages with the ways that rhetorical practices and systems of power intersect, especially in relation to activist rhetoric that circulates digitally and transnationally. Her book, Activist Literacies: Transnational Feminisms and Social Media Rhetorics argues that students, researchers, and members of the public need more robust concepts and frameworks for understanding and engaging with activism. The book provides concepts and tools that readers can use to meet this need. 

Her ongoing research projects focus on three themes: the contributions of transnational feminist rhetorical scholarship to the field of rhetorical studies; the activism and community wisdom of people with Long Covid and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); and the ways that the field of rhetoric and composition engages with contemporary globalization.

Research Interests

  • transnational feminism
  • activist rhetoric
  • disability studies
  • digital media
  • writing program administration
  • rhetorical genre studies