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Michelle Comstock, PhD

Associate Professor

Office Location: 1051 9th Street Park, 200
Phone: 303-556-8479
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours: T R 11:30-12:30, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Rhetoric and Composition 

Education & Degrees

PhD, Rhetoric & Composition, Purdue University, 1999

MA, English Literature, DePaul University, 1992

BA, English/History, Olivet Nazarene University, 1990


Dr. Comstock teaches courses in writing, writing pedagogy, multimodal composition and public rhetoric. Her current research interests include the influence of sound (and audio) on the writing process and the larger function of aurality in composition studies. She has also published research on gender and technology, digital community networks, and the privatization of education.

Select Publications

2010 Comstock, Michelle, Mary Ann Cain, and Lil Brannon. Composing Public Space: Teaching Writing in the Face of Private Interests. Heinemann/Boynton-Cook.

2008 Comstock, Michelle R., Janice Lauer, Baotong Gu, William Hart-Davidson, Thomas Moriarty, Tim Peeples, Larissa Reuer, and Michael Zerbe. Multiple perspectives on mentoring. Stories of Mentoring: Theory & Praxis. Ed. Michelle R. Eble and Lynée Lewis Gaillet. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press.

2008 Comstock, Michelle R. "Grrrl Zine Networks: Re-composing the Spaces of Authorship, Gender, and the Counter-cultural." Reprinted in Plugged In: Technology, Rhetoric and Culture in a Posthuman Age. Ed. Lynn Worsham and Gary A. Olson. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

2006 Comstock, Michelle R. "Writing Programs as Distributed Networks: A Materialist Approach to University-Community Digital Media Literacy." Community Literacy Journal 1: 45-66.

2006 Comstock, Michelle R. and Mary Hocks. "Voice in the Cultural Soundscape: Sonic Literacy in Composition Studies." Computers and Composition Online: Special Issue: Sound in/as Compositional Space: A Next Step in Multiliteracies:

2005 Comstock, Michelle R. and Sarah Shirazi (student). "Community Digital Media Literacy Project." Computers and Composition Online 5:

2004 Comstock, Michelle R. "Writing Vicariously: The Politics of Presence in the Distance Learning Classroom." Currents in Electronic Literacy 8:

2001 Comstock, Michelle R. "Grrrl Zine Networks: Re-composing the Spaces of Authorship, Gender, and the Counter-cultural." JAC: A Quarterly Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Writing, Multiple Literacies, and Politics 21:382-409.

1998 Comstock, Michelle R. and J. Addison. "Virtually Out: The Emergence of a Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Youth Cyberculture." Generations of Youth. Ed. Joe Austin and Michael Willard. New York: New York University Press. 367-378.

1997 Comstock, Michelle R. and J. Addison. "Virtual Complexities: Exploring Literacy at the Intersections of Computer-mediated Social Forums." Computers and Composition: An International Journal 14:245-255. 

Courses Taught

ENGL 1020 and 2030, Composition I and II
ENGL 3084, Multimedia Composition
ENGL 3154, Technical Writing
ENGL 4190/5109, Special Topics: Rhetoric and Language in the Public Sphere
ENGL 4190/5190, Special Topics: Writing New Media
ENGL 4991, Senior Seminar in Writing
ENGL 5110, Denver Writing Project Summer Institute
ENGL 5150, Research Methods (in Rhetoric and Composition)
ENGL 5913, Practicum in Language and Rhetoric
ENGL 6001, Special Topics: Gender, Race, Class, and the Teaching of Writing
ENGL 6002, Rhetorical Theory