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Johannah Rodgers, Associate Professor

Johannah Rodgers is an Associate Professor and the Director of the First Year Writing Program. Her creative, scholarly, and pedagogical projects are dedicated to studying representation and communication practices across media. Her most recent book, Technology: A Reader for Writers, an interdisciplinary textbook and reader that provides an introduction to the study of information and communications technologies for advanced composition and other writing-intensive courses, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Her digital fiction project DNA was featured in the 2014 Electronic Literature Organization Media Arts Show, and her short stories, essays, and reviews have been published in various anthologies and magazines, including Fence, Fiction, Pierogi Press, and The Brooklyn Rail, where she is a contributing editor. She received her Ph.D. from The CUNY Graduate Center in 2007, her M.F.A. in Fiction from The City College of New York in 1998, and her B.A. in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. She has also studied literature and philosophy at Yale and Oxford Universities.

Courses Taught:

ENG 1101, ENG 1121, ENG1710, ENG 2000, ENG2001, ENG2720, ENG3760, ENG4700


Ph.D. (English/Rhetoric and Composition, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

M.F.A. (Fiction, The City College of New York), Post-Graduate Work (Comparative Literature, Yale University)

B.A. (Comparative Literature, Stanford University)

Academic Interests:

History, Sociology, and Anthropology of Literacy Practices / Communication Studies. Book and Media History (Focus on History of the Novel and History of Copyright)



Technology: A Reader for Writers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Social Construction of Authorship: An Investigation of Rhetorical Authority and Identity in the College Writing Classroom. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2009.

sentences. New York: Red Dust, 2007.

Contributions to Books

“What Holds Ink to Paper.” The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology II. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Rail Books. 2012. Print.

“Atlas.” Harp & Altar Anthology. New York: Ellipsis Press, 2010. Print.

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Articles

“Defining and Experiencing Authorship(s) in the Composition Classroom: Findings From a Qualitative Study of Undergraduate Writing Students at The City University of New York.” JBW. Fall, 2011: 130-155. Print. the_Composition_Classroom_A_Qualitative_Study_of_Undergraduate_Writing_ Students_at_the_City_University_of_New_York

“Technology Is.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 37.1 (2009): 240-41. Print.

“Translating Authority.” JAEPL 12.1 (2007): 67-68. Print.

Multimedia Projects

“Machines Can’t ‘Read,’ or Remediating Chapter 1 of Marx’s Capital, Volume 1.” Labor Poetic Labor! New York: Essay Press. 2015. Web.

DNA: A Digital Fiction Project. The Brooklyn Rail. 2014. Web.

Excel Drawings / The How Much Project

The Drawing Center Viewing Program (2006-2013)

Short Stories

“Two Stories from Portraits and Conversations.” Brooklyn Rail. 2015. Web.

“An Excerpt from DNA.” Numero Cinq. 2011. Web.

“Portraits and Conversations.” Fence 11.1 (2008). Print.

“What Is It To Make Something in Words.” Tantalum 3 (2008). Print.

“Fiction.” The Brooklyn Rail May 2008. Print.

“Beirut.” First City Review Fall 2008. Print.


Exercises in Criticism by Louis Bury. The Brooklyn Rail May 2015. Print.

Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production by Johanna Drucker. The Brooklyn Rail March 2015. Web.

The Microscripts by Robert Walser The Brooklyn Rail July/Aug 2010. Print.

A Monster’s Notes. Bookforum June/July/Aug 2009. Print.

Everyone Talks About the Weather…We Don’t: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof. The Brooklyn Rail September 2008. Print.

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