My research draws on transnational feminist theory, new media studies, and public rhetoric to explore the relationship between rhetoric and activism.

My book manuscript, Activist Assemblages: Transnational Feminist Literacies, Activist Rhetoric, and Social Media, argues that contemporary rhetors need literacies with which to understand activist rhetorics that circulate on social media. The book encourages scholars in rhetoric and composition to develop transnational feminist literacies: concepts, frameworks, and practical strategies that connect rhetorical activity to relationships, material circumstances, and global structures of power.

I am also in the early stages of two additional projects. One explores how student activists develop political consciousness and begin to engage with activist rhetorics. The other project explores writing program adminstration in the context of globalization and neoliberalism.


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. (Forthcoming with Oxford UP.)

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.