Mais T. Al-Khateeb

Assistant Professor
WMS 229
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Transnational Feminisms, New Materialisms, Posthumanism, Disability Studies, Health and Medicine

Mais T. Al-Khateeb, Assistant Professor, holds a PhD and MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University and a BA in English Language and Literature from Al al-Bayt University. Dr. Al-Khateeb’s research and teaching engage 20th and 21st centuries contemporary rhetorical theory from a transnational feminist perspective. She theorizes local/global encounters within the rhetorics of crisis with a focus on refugees, embodiment, and mobilities. Dr. Al-Khateeb’s in-progress monograph tracks the rhetorical production and circulation of screening discourses and practices targeting refugees in the wake of the 2015-2016 terrorist attacks in the US and Europe. She advances a methodology of encounter that accounts for how bodies, human and nonhuman, travel and become rhetorically (im)possible in different geopolitical contexts.


  • “Toward a Rhetorical Account of Refugee Encounters: Biometric Screening Technologies and Failed Promises of Mobility.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 1, 2021, pp. 15-26.
  • “When the First Language You Hear is Not English: Challenges of Language Minority College Composition Students.” Transitions and Disruptions: Resident Multilingual Students Writing in High Schools, Vocational Schools, and Colleges, edited by Christina Ortmeier-Hooper and Todd Ruecker, Routledge, 2016, pp.173-188. With Patti Wojahn et al.
  • “Rethinking and Practicing Revision Rhetorically: Revision as a Form of Belonging, Relating, Negotiating, and Asserting within Communities.” Paideia16, edited by Mais Al-Khateeb et al., Hayden-McNeil, 2016, pp.71-96.