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Nicholas Alexander Brown, Instructor of First-Year Writing

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Nicholas Alexander Brown, Instructor of First-Year Writing

Department of  English
452 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Dr. Nicholas Alexander Brown is an instructor of First Year Writing in the English Department at Virginia Tech. His research interrogates the ambivalent reception of multimodal scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition. His comics dissertation, The Rousing of Ogma: Developing Functional Methodologies for the Production of Multimodal Scholarship, propose a methodology for the production of rigorous comics-as-scholarship shaped by both rhetorical theory and comics practices. His recent article, “Ad metallum purificandum” examines the emergence of Black Metal ethos in the early 1990s and is presented in the comics medium. He has taught classes in Comics Authoring and Production, Multimodal Argumentation, Paranormal Writing, and Dungeons and Dragons.

  • Multimodal rhetoric and composition
  • Comics studies
  • Visual rhetoric
  • New media and digital technologies
  • The paranormal
  • PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Christian University, 2021
  • MA in English, Oregon State University, 2015
  • BA in English, Lake Erie College, 2012
  • AA in English, Lakeland Community College, 2010
  • The Graduate Multimedia Writing Award (Texas Christian University)
  • Graduate Student Service Travel Award (Texas Christian University)
  • Graduate Student Travel Award (Texas Christian University)
  • RSA Student Chapter Support Award (Rhetoric Society of America)
  • RSA Special Event Competitive Award (Rhetoric Society of America)
  • Graduate Student Travel Award (Oregon State University)

Journal Articles

“Ad metallum purificandum: Black Metal, Burke, and Violent Invention.” Sequentials, vol. 2, no. 1, 2021.

“Dissertation Innovations: a Comics Dissertation.” MLA Profession, 2019.

Book Chapters
“Mentorship and the Multimodal Dissertation" with Jason Helms, New Directions for the Dissertation Process, forthcoming

  • Doctoral Research and Professional Development Grant (Texas Christian University) 
  • New Media Writing Studio Microgrant (CDEx at Texas Christian University)

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