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Abraham Romney

Associate Professor of English

Office: LA 225



2013, Ph.D., University of California-Irvine, Department of Comparative Literature

2008, MA, University of California-Irvine, Department of Comparative Literature

2007, MA, University of Oregon, Department of English

2005, BA, Brigham Young University-Idaho, English with a minor in Spanish

I study histories and theories of rhetoric, with a few different research areas, including 19th century rhetoric in Latin America and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and the teaching of writing. Before coming to ISU, I worked at Michigan Technological University as the Director of their Composition Program and an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition. Prior to directing composition, I was director of the Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center. I am delighted to be back closer to my roots in Idaho and look forward to continuing my work at Idaho State University. 


“Human-Centered Engineering Initiative.” Co-PIs: Mary Raber, Oren Abeles, Nancy Barr, and Marika Seigel. National Endowment for the Humanities Connections Planning Grant. 2019.

Research Enhancement Fund Scholarship and Creativity Grant, Michigan Technological University. 2016.

Research Fellowship, International Society for the History of Rhetoric. 2014.

William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Blended Learning Grant Program, Michigan Technological University. 2014-2015.

Selected Publications

Hamlin, Brett and AJ Hamlin, Tori Claudette Reeder, Josh Chase, Mary Raber, Laura Vidal-Chiesa, Modupe Omolara Yusuf, Abraham Romney, Marika Seigel. “Work-In-Progress: Leveraging Interdisciplinary Topics in First-year Engineering” 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference & Exposition, July 26-29, 2021

Romney, Abraham “A Comparative Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Indigenous Rhetorics in the Americas.” Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics. Ed. Keith Lloyd. Routledge, 2021.

Romney, Abraham. “Spectacular Crisis: Rhetorics of Representation in Venezuela.” Rhetorics of Democracy in the Americas. Eds. Adriana Angel, Nancy Gómez, and Michael L. Butterworth, Penn State Press, 2021.

Romney, Abraham. “Affective Witnessing in the Visual Documentation of Suffering” Symposium on Global Contexts for Rhetorical Witnessing. Rhetoric Review. 30.4(2020): 369-442.

Seigel, Marika and Joshua Chase, Silke Feltz, William DeHerder, Karla Kitalong, Abraham Romney, and Kimberly Tweedale. “Monstrous Composition: Reanimating the Lecture in First-Year Writing Instruction.” College Composition and Communication (forthcoming June 2020).

Courses Taught

ENGL 4407: Topics in Professional Writing [perhaps indicate topic]

ENGL 3307: Technical and Professional Writing

ENGL 1101: Writing and Rhetoric I