Jennifer Sano-Franchini is an associate professor and director of professional and technical Writing. Her research and teaching interests are in the cultural politics of design, cultural and digital rhetorics, Asian American rhetoric, and the rhetorical work of institutions. She has published on a range of topics including Facebook’s interface design, Asian American sonic rhetorics, and emotional labor on the academic job search in journals such as College Composition and Communication; Technical Communication; Rhetoric Review; Enculturation; and Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. Her works also appear in the edited collections Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, and Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, which won the 2016 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award.
Her book, Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus (Parlor Press, 2017), co-edited with Terese Guinsatao Monberg and K. Hyoejin Yoon, documents how Asian/Asian American teacher-scholars have contributed to the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication from the 1960s to contemporary times. Drawing on archival research, interviews, and cross-generational perspectives, the book reflects on the spaces where the writing of history and the potential for community coalesce, ultimately demonstrating how a history that acknowledges the alliances, unexpected connections and coalitions, gaps, setbacks, and silences is necessary for sustaining a scholarly community that is persistently open to re/vision.
Forthcoming publications include a chapter with Fernando Sanchez and Isidore Dorpenyo in Equipping Technical Communicators for Social Justice Work on election technologies as a tool for cultivating civic literacies in technical communication, and a Kairos webtext with Maggie Fernandes, Jon Adams, and Michelle Kim on circulating Asian American sonic rhetorics for institutional change.
She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. She also has seven years of industry experience as a document designer and professional writer.
- Cultural and digital rhetorics
- Cultural politics of design
- User experience design
- Asian American rhetoric
- Institutional rhetoric
- PhD in Rhetoric and Writing, Michigan State University, 2013
- MA in English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2007
- BA in English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2005
- At-Large Member, Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition
- Executive Committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
- Publications Review Board, WAC Clearinghouse
- Advisory Board, Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal
- Editorial Review Board, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
- Stage 1 and Stage 2 Review, Conference on College Composition and Communication
- Former Co-Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus
- Asian Cultural Engagement Center Faculty Fellow, Spring 2020
- Smitherman/ Villanueva Writing Scholar, 2017
- XCaliber Award, 2015
Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus. (with Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and K. Hyoejin Yoon) Anderson: Parlor Press, 2017.
Select Journal Articles
“Threat Assessment: Women of Color Teaching Ideological Critique in the Neoliberal Classroom.” (with Gena E. Chandler) Pedagogy 20.1 (2020) 87–100.
“Sounding Asian American: Multimodal Orientalism, Asian/American Sonic Rhetorics, and Digital Composition.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 27 (Dec 2018).
“Designing Outrage, Programming Discord: A Critical Interface Analysis of Facebook as a Campaign Technology.” Technical Communication 65.4 (Nov 2018): 387–410.
“Interfacing Cultural Rhetorics: A History and A Call.” (with Casie Cobos, Gabriela Raquel Rios, Donnie Johnson Sackey, and Angela Haas) Rhetoric Review 37.2 (2018): 139–54.
“What Can Asian Eyelids Teach Us About User Experience Design? A Culturally-Reflexive Framework for UX/I Design.” Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization 10.1 (Oct 2017): 27–53.
“‘It’s Like Writing Yourself into a Codependent Relationship with Someone Who Doesn’t Even Want You!’ Emotional Labor, Intimacy, and the Academic Job Market in Rhetoric and Composition.” College Composition and Communication 68.1 (Sep 2016): 98–124.
Select Book Chapters
“Feminist Rhetorics and Interaction Design: A Vision for Facilitating Socially-Responsible and Responsive Design.” Rhetoric and Experience Architecture. Ed. Liza Potts and Michael Salvo. Anderson: Parlor Press, 2017. 85–108.
“Taking Time for Feminist Historiography: Remembering Asian/ Asian American Institutional and Scholarly Activism.” Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus. Ed. Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and K. Hyoejin Yoon. Anderson: Parlor Press, 2017. 31–67.
“Cultural Rhetorics and the Digital Humanities: Toward Cultural Reflexivity in Digital Making.” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Ed. Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson. University of Chicago Press 2015. 49–64. Collection awarded 2016 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award.
- Designing Outrage, Programming Discord: A Critical Interface Analysis of Facebook as a Campaign Technology. Live Webinar. Society for Technical Communication. Dec 12, 2018.
- Cultural Rhetorics and Writing Instruction. Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Stanford University. Sep 14, 2017.
- Exhibit on Asian America. (with Quynh Nguyen, Lian Joseph, Michelle Kim, Allan Lumba, and Jenna Phan) Curator: Scott Fralin. Virginia Tech Libraries. Blacksburg, VA. April–May 2019. https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/89317
- Introduction to Professional Writing
- Acts of Interpretation
- Technical Writing
- Intercultural Issues in Professional Writing
- Feminisms and Interaction Design
- Asian American Rhetoric and Representation
- Visual Rhetoric and Document Design
- Intercultural Communication
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