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

My current book-in-progress uses transnational feminist and rhetorical scholarship to theorize activism as assemblage. The book analyzes feminist activist rhetoric on social media to highlight orientation, identification, and circulation as ongoing, interactive processes that are central to (feminist) activism and rhetoric.

I am also developing a project, funded by a grant from the University Research Board at the American University of Beirut, in which I explore students’ diverse forms of rhetorical engagement with gender- and sexuality-related politics. The project gathers information from university students who are interested in political and social issues related to gender and sexuality, asking how they have developed their consciousness of these issues, and how they engage with these issues (e.g., formal or informal education, discussion, group membership, activist events, philanthropy, etc.).


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.