Jennifer Sano-Franchini

Jennifer Sano-Franchini

Jennifer Sano-Franchini

Associate Professor


408 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061


(540) 231-6918


Department Membership



  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Asian American Rhetoric
  • Information Design
  • Computers and Writing
  • Digital Rhetoric

Professional Activities

  • CCCC Asian/Asian American Caucus
  • Executive Committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Association for Teachers of Technical Writing
  • Women in Technical Communication
  • Rhetoric Society of America


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • B.A., University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Smitherman/Villanueva Writing Scholars, Stanford University, 2017

    XCaliber Award for Exceptional Contributions to Technology-Enriched Teaching and Learning, 2015

    Selected Publications


    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and K. Hyoejin Yoon, eds. Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Asian/Asian American Caucus. Anderson: Parlor Press, 2017.


    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer. “Sounding Asian America: Multimodal Orientalism, Asian/American Sonic Rhetorics, and Digital Composition.” enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture 27 (Dec 2018).

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer. Designing Outrage, Programming Discord: A Critical Interface Analysis of Facebook as a Campaign Technology. Technical Communication 65.4 (Nov 2018): 387410.

    Cobos, Casie, Gabriela Raquel Rios, Donnie Johnson Sackey, Jennifer Sano-Franchini, and Angela Haas. Interfacing Cultural Rhetorics: A History and A CallRhetoric Review 37.2 (2018): 13954.

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer. What Can Asian Eyelids Teach Us About User Experience Design? A Culturally-Reflexive Framework for UX/I Design.Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization. Spec. Issue on Designing for Everyday Life in a Global Context, 10.1 (Oct 2017): 2753.

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer.Its 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): 98124.

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer. (2015). “Cultural Rhetorics and the Digital Humanities: Toward Cultural Reflexivity in Digital Making.” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Eds. Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson. University of Chicago Press. 

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer, Robyn Tasaka, and Lehua Ledbetter. (2014). “Toward a Reflexive Approach to Remix, or, What Hawai‘i Creole English and Tourism Can Teach Us About Copyright.” Cultures of Copyright: Contemporary Intellectual Property. Eds. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife. Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. 226-242.

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer, Donnie Sackey, and Stacey Pigg. (2011). “Methodological Dwellings: A Search for Feminisms in Rhetoric and Composition.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 1(2), 1-9.

    Sano-Franchini, Jennifer Lee. (2010). “Intellectual Property and the Cultures of BitTorrent Communities.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal, 27(3), 202-210.