Meet the team

Our podcast production team comprises scholars from a variety of cultural backgrounds who research and teach rhetoric around the globe.

Learn more about joining our team!

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Anneli Bowie
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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Beck Wise
University of Queensland, Australia
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José Luis Quintero
Northwestern University, USA
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Erik Bengtson
Uppsala University, Sweden
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Jason Michálek
Indiana University, USA
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Jelte Olthof
University of Groningen, Netherlands
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Joanna Chromik
Indiana University, USA
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Collin Bjork
Massey University, New Zealand
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Rebecca Ottman
Indiana University, USA

Biographies

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Anneli Bowie

Anneli Bowie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD) research centre, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research focuses on rhetorical aspects of communication design and visual culture. In her current project she examines the (verbal and visual) discourses surrounding the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, specifically as it features in the South African media. Anneli has worked as a lecturer, research supervisor and academic coordinator in Information Design and Visual Culture Studies at the School of Arts, University of Pretoria. She also spent two years on an Erasmus Mundus PhD exchange at the Rhetoric division of Uppsala University’s Literature Department in Sweden.

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Beck Wise

Beck Wise is Lecturer in Professional Writing and coordinator of Professional Writing & Communication at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Beck works at the intersection of technical and professional communication, medical rhetoric, and feminist theory. Her current projects investigate reproductive justice in Australia and writing pedagogy at scale. Find out more at www.beckwise.com

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José Luis Quintero

José Luis Quintero is a PhD Candidate for Rhetoric and Public Culture at Northwestern University. Emerging academic in Rhetoric and Public Culture with a research focus on Media Aesthetics, Music, and Rhetoric of Science as they relate to global representations of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Class. My engagement with academia is influenced by experience in the Information Technology sector, Search Engine Optimization, Foreign Languages, Public Speaking, and Creative Writing. Currently based in Chicago, but have previously called Guatemala City, Trieste, Portland and Munich home.

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Erik Bengtson

Erik Bengtson is a Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric at Uppsala University, Sweden. As a researcher, Bengtson enjoys questioning that which is taken for granted, and in his current book project he revisits Plato and the post-truth challenge. Among his publications, you will find two articles on Ernst Cassirer and rhetorical anthropology, published in Rhetorica. Bengtson is currently developing research projects on environmental rhetoric and mythological reasoning in democracies, combining anthropological methods with questions of rhetorical theory. Contact info at his university website.

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Jason Michálek

Jason Michálek entered Indiana University’s doctoral program in rhetoric in the fall of 2018. His research interests have been historically broad with a BA in English language & literature and linguistics from Grand Valley State University, and an MA in American Studies from The George Washington University. His current foci are in semiotics, digital ontology, rhetorics of communion, and fragmented publics. In addition to regular coursework, he’s also a current HASTAC scholar exploring a local controversy using digital methods to collect and represent data about antifascist advocacy.

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Jelte Olthof

Jelte Olthof is an Assistant Professor at the American Studies Department of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Jelte is trained as a historian and works on political rhetoric broadly defined, including (climate) crisis rhetoric, the constitutive rhetoric of peoplehood, and the interplay between rhetoric and history. He also writes on the history of his native Friesland and is on the editorial board of the journal De Vrije Fries. Jelte is a member of the Rhetoric Society of Europe and America and past participant in the International Rhetoric Workshop. For more info see here.

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Joanna Chromik

Joanna Chromik is a Ph.D. student of rhetoric and composition in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is focused on studying public and counterpublic rhetoric, digital online advocacy, as well as community writing. Joanna’s dissertation project investigates present-day rhetoric surrounding human trafficking, specifically that which analyzes the relationships and tensions between sex trafficking and sex work advocacy groups. In particular, the project is focused on examining advocacy methods that are employed in digital spaces.

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Collin Bjork

Collin Bjork is a Lecturer in English and Media Studies at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand. Trained in rhetoric, writing, and communication, Collin’s current research examines the relationship between time, technology, and ethos. He is also working on a project about podcasting, pedagogy, and social justice. Collin is a former Fulbright Fellow and a founding member of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators. You can find out more about his work at collinbjork.com.

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Rebecca Ottman

Rebecca Ottman is a PhD Candidate in English with a concentration in Rhetoric at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. Her research interests include rhetorical theory, multilingual pedagogy, classical rhetoric, and the importance of middle spaces in rhetoric and composition. Rebecca’s current research project theorizes eloquence in relation to emergent pedagogies. She is also serving as the Assistant Director of Composition, and she has previously served as Program Assistant and Research Assistant for the multilingual designation of the writing program at Indiana University.