Whitney Lew James

Assistant Teaching Professor


Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Christian University
M.A., Writing and Publishing, Emerson College
B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara


Whitney Lew James's teaching and research traverses digital cultural rhetorics, translingual pedagogy, antiracist writing assessment, and disability rhetorics. She has taught writing at liberal arts universities since 2013 with the goal of empowering students and creating equitable and collaborative classrooms. Her dissertation, which developed a digital cultural rhetorics critique of predictive algorithms that reproduce and reinforce existing social and economic inequalities, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award at Texas Christian University and portions are forthcoming in edited collections on research methods for digital rhetoric and artificial intelligence within the humanities. 

Scholarly Work


“Risk and Reward: Cyberprotest, Curation Algorithms, and Data Surveillance.” Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities. Edited by Sid Dobrin. [invited contributor, book proposal under review at Parlor Press]

“Studying Unknown Unknowns: Lessons from Critical Making on Twitter.” Methods and Methodologies for Research in Digital Writing and Rhetoric. Edited by Crystal VanKooten and Victor Del Hierro, WAC Clearinghouse. [forthcoming]

“Tracking a Cocurricular Writing Program: Reflective Composing for a Globally Focused Writing Initiative at Texas Christian University.” Composition Forum, vol. 42, 2019, http://compositionforum.com/issue/42/tcu.php. Co-author with Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Sarah Ruffing Robbins, and Meagan Gacke.

Email: wjames3@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-1043
Office: 207 Coleman-Morse Center