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TAREZ SAMRA GRABAN, Associate Professor, (Ph.D. Purdue University, 2006; A.B. English, Brown University, 1993; A.B. Religious Studies, Brown University, 1993), has special interests in histories of rhetoric, histories and theories of composition, feminist rhetorical theory, digital humanities, archival studies, and transnationalism. In both her teaching and research, Dr. Graban considers intersections of class, language, and ethnicity, and promotes an understanding of critical methodologies that equip writers for more informed civic participation.

Her book, Women's Irony (SIUP 2015), investigates the ways that irony has challenged critical historical methods in rhetoric for feminist work. Her co-authored book, GenAdmin: Theorizing WPA Identities in the 21st Century (Parlor Press, 2011), presents writing program work as a philosophical stance, thereby complicating extant narratives of the field. During 2011-2012, in conjunction with the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University, Dr. Graban began developing a prototype for the metadata mapping project (MDMP), to visually organize metadata on the intellectual and pedagogical contributions of women rhetors, rhetoricians, and teachers from North America's Progressive Era to the present. That work has extended to an investigation of digital historical ecologies that are not artifact- or place-based. In collaboration with Alli Crandell in 2013, and Richard Urban and Stephen J. McElroy in 2016, she is considering how best to represent these ecologies as part of a knowledge based known as the "LWP (Linked Women Pedagogues) Project". In collaboration with Patricia Sullivan, she is also investigating how advances in digital humanities impact both historiography in rhetorical theory and the education of new historians of rhetoric. Finally, she has begun two new projects: one in which she offers a transnational archival paradigm for remembering the diplomatic writings of elected women leaders and heads of government (in Africa, India, and the Middle East); and another in which she considers digital historiography as a kind of knowledge-making for rhetorical studies.



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