Erin McLaughlin

Director, First Year Writing and Rhetoric


B.A., Eastern Washington University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Bowling Green State University


Erin McLaughlin studies the intersections of rhetoric, literacy, new media, and democracy. Her dissertation examined composing strategies common to the video-sharing site YouTube. She received the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence for a portion of this research published in Computers & Composition Online. Her research interests also engage women’s issues, most evident in her involvement with the Digital Mirror, a technoliteracy camp for girls in grades 6-8, for which she helped secure a $10,000 grant from the American Association of University Women. Her research and teaching interests continue to be closely linked, and she is committed to advancing the multimodal literacies of student writers.

Scholarly Work

  • Rebecca Brittenham, Erin McLaughlin, Connie Snyder Mick. "Outliving the Ghosts: Storytelling and Community Engagement through Classroom Practice." Pedagogy 1 January 2018; 18 (1): 109–130.
  • Kristine Blair, Erin Dietel-McLaughlin, and Meredith Graupner Hurley. “Looking into the Digital Mirror: Reflections on a Computer Camp For Girls By Girls,” in Girl Wide Web 2.0: Revisiting Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity. Ed. Sharon Mazzarella. Peter Lang.  Under Contract. In Press.
  • “Remediating Democracy: Participation, Parody and the Vernacular Rhetorics of Web 2.0.” Computers and Composition Online Special Edition: Composition in the Freeware Age (Fall 2009).
  • “Composition in the Freeware Age: Assessing the Impact and Value of the Web 2.0 Movement in the Teaching of Writing,” (roundtable with Michael Day, Randall McClure, Chris Gerben, Brian Ballantine, John Benson, and Christine Tulley), Computers & Writing, Purdue University, May 20-23, 2010.
  • “Remixing (Techno)Feminist Pedagogies in Virtual, Multimodal Spaces,” (half-day workshop with Suzan Aiken, Emily Beard, Kristine Blair, Brittany Barger Cottrill, Christine Garbett, Christine Tulley, and Ruijie Zhao), Computers & Writing, Purdue University, May 20-23, 2010.
  • “Pirates Forming Publics: The Vernacular Rhetoric of Digital Remix Video,” Computers & Writing, Purdue University, May 20-23, 2010.
  • “Contesting the Power of Authorship: Digital Culture, YouTube, and the Remixing of Democracy,” CCCC Annual Convention, Louisville, March 17-20, 2010.

Phone: (574) 631-7465
Office: 210 Coleman-Morse Center