Activist literacies book cover.My research engages with the ways that rhetorical practices and power intersect. I am especially interested how rhetoricians and activists understand the links between everyday rhetorical practices and transnational systems of power. 

My book, Activist Literacies: Transnational Feminisms and Social Media Rhetorics, will be published October 20, 2022 with the University of South Carolina Press.

My three ongoing projects build on the work I began in Activist Literacies to answer additional questions and explore new topics related to activism, digital rhetoric, and globalization:

  1. My next book project, tentatively titled Post-viral: ME, Long Covid, and Disability Activism, explores the activism and advocacy of people and organizations focused on chronic post-viral diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. I am currently completing coding and analysis of a series of in-depth phenomenological interviews with student activists, conducted in 2018 at the American University of Beirut. The interviews explore how students interested in gender and sexuality activism narrate their political participation and rhetorical education. This project will culminate in a series of articles that explore how social media participation is part of a larger ecology of rhetorical education and activist participation.
  3. A third project draws on my experience as the writing program administrator at the American University of Beirut to examine the relationship between writing program administration and globalization. I argue that rhetoric and composition needs to cultivate more opportunities to listen to and engage with scholars and practitioners working outside the United States.
Publications

Nish, Jennifer. Activist Literacies: Transnational Feminisms and Social Media Rhetorics. University of South Carolina Press. Nov. 3, 2022.

Nish, Jennifer. “Representing Precarity, Disavowing Politics: The Exceptional(ist) Appeal of Humans of New York.” Peitho, vol 20, issue 2, 2018.

Nish, Jennifer, Kimberly A. Williams, and L. Ayu Saraswati. “Marching and Crossing Borders: A Transnational Conversation.” Feminist and Queer Theories: A Transnational Reader, eds. L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara Shaw. Oxford UP. 2021.

Nish, Jennifer. “Spreadable Genres, Multiple Publics: The Pixel Project’s Digital Campaigns to Stop Violence against Women.” Genre and the Performance of Publics, eds. Mary Jo Reiff and Anis Bawarshi. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. 2016.

Sinno, Zane, Lina Bioghlu-Karkanawi, Dorota Fleszar, Najla Jarkas, Emma Moughabghab, Jennifer Nish, Rima Rantisi, Abir Ward. Shifting Narratives: A Reader for Academic Writing. Beirut: Educart, 2015.