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Lauren Brentnell

Lauren Brentnell

Assistant Professor

English Department
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Information

Office Hours
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 12pm-2pm (Zoom link on Canvas) and by appointment.
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
English Department
Campus Box 109
Greeley, CO 80639


PhD in Rhetoric and Writing (Michigan State University), Dissertation: “Responding to Sexual Violence Through Care-Based Practices in Writing Programs”

M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy (University of Oklahoma)

B.A. in English, B.A. in Political Science, and Major in Psychology (University of Oklahoma)

Professional/Academic Experience

Research/Areas of Interest

trauma studies, cultural rhetorics, digital rhetorics

Publications/Creative Works

Brentnell, Lauren. “When Discomfort Becomes Panic: Doing Research in Trauma as a Survivor.” Our Body of Work. Edited by Melissa Nichols and Anna Sicari. Under Review with Utah State University Press, 2019.

Brentnell, Lauren, Elise Dixon, and Rachel Robinson. “The Hidden and Invisible: Vulnerability in Writing Center Work.” Digital Edited Collection in WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Forthcoming 2019/2020.   

Brentnell, Lauren, Elise Dixon, and Rachel Robinson. “Crybabies in the Writing Center: Storying Affect and Emotion.” Affect & Emotion in the Writing Center. Edited by Kelly Concannon and Janine Morris. Forthcoming, 2020. 

Baldwin, Dianna, Lauren Brentnell, Elise Dixon, Jerrice Donelson, Kate Firestone, and Rachel Robinson. “Big Happy Family: Constellating Writing Center Stories.” Special issue on Writing Centers and Relationality in The Peer Review. 2018. http://thepeerreview-iwca.org/issues/relationality-si/big-happy-family   

Brentnell, Lauren. “Living Oklahoma: A Memoir About Trauma and Rebuilding in Academia.” Pixelating the Self: Digital Feminist Memoirs. Edited by Alexandra Hidalgo. Intermezzo. 2018. http://intermezzo.enculturation.net/08-hidalgo-et-al/index.html 

Gonzales, Laura, Liza Potts, Heather Turner, and Lauren Brentnell. “Working with Ladies that UX: Building Academic/Industry Partnerships for User Research Projects.” ACM SIGDOC. 2017.

Lauren, Ben, Stacey Pigg, Lauren Brentnell, Howard Fooksman, and Kristen Mapes. “Investigating a Common Trope in Technical Communication: Are Academics and Practitioners Researching in Different Communication Design Spheres.” ACM SIGDOC. 2016.

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