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Current Research

My current research uses feminist and cultural rhetorics methodologies to study how emotion(s) and the embodiment of emotion(s) affect academic working environments. I particularly attend to the ways in which emotional entanglements affect women’s bodies at work. My publications draw upon feminist and cultural rhetorics to illuminate the ways in which people embody emotions—and suppress them—in their chosen communities and cultures, particularly those affiliated with academia and writing centers.

Select Publications
Journal Articles​

 

Robinson, Rachel, Shelby LeClair, and Floyd Pouncil. “Empowering the Process: Redefining Tutor Training Towards Embodied Restorative Justice.” The Peer Review Special Issue: Researching and Restoring Justice in Writing Centers. Vol. 4, Issue 2, Winter 2020.

Bryant, Katie, Codie Fortin LaLonde, Trixie Smith, and Rachel Robinson. “Writing and Research Across the Globe: An Innovate North-North-South-South Collaboration.” Canadian Journal for the Studies of Discourse in Writing, edited by Liv Marken and Nadine Fladd. Vol. 30, pp. 200-222, 2020.

Baldwin, Dianna, Lauren Brentnell, Elise Dixon, Jerrice Donelson, Kate Firestone, and Rachel Robinson. “Big Happy Family: Constellating Writing Center Stories.” The Peer Review, Issue Two, Spring 2018.

 

Books/Book Chapters

 

Smith, Trixie, Matt Cox, Elise Dixon, Katie Manthey, Maria Novotny, and Rachel Robinson. “Embodiment, Relationality, and Constellation: A Cultural Rhetorics Story of Doctoral Writing.” Re-Imagining Doctoral Writing, edited by Cecile Badenhorst, Britt Amell, and Jamie Burford. forthcoming. (article submitted for review)

Dixon, Elise, and Rachel Robinson. “Writing in the Background: Storying Professional and Bodily Liminality.” An Illness of Her Own: Women and their Writing Processes and Products, edited by Rachel N. Spear, forthcoming. (accepted for submission)

Brentnell, Lauren, Elise Dixon, and Rachel Robinson. “Crybabies in the Writing Center: Storying Affect and Emotion.” Affect and Emotion in the Writing Center, edited by Kelly A. Concannon and Janine Morris, forthcoming. (accepted for submission)

Brentnell, Lauren, Elise Dixon, and Rachel Robinson. “The Hidden and Invisible: Vulnerability in Writing Center Work.” Writing Lab Newsletter Digital Edited Collection, edited by Genie Giaimo, forthcoming. (accepted for submission)

Strickland, Rachel, and Stacia Watkins, eds. Surviving Freshman Composition. 5th ed, Fountainhead, 2008.

Smith, Allison D., Trixie G. Smith, and Rachel Strickland, eds. Surviving Freshman Composition. 4th ed, Fountainhead, 2007.

Robinson, Rachel. “Cynthia Selfe.” COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Composition, edited by Allison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright, Fountainhead, 2007. pp. 257-264.

Robinson, Rachel, and Maria Clayton. “Education and Educational Psychology.” COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Composition, edited by Allison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright, Fountainhead, 2007. pp. 341-346.

Robinson, Rachel. “Geneva Smitherman.” COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Composition, edited by Allison D. Smith, Trixie G. Smith, and Karen Wright, Fountainhead, 2007. pp. 281-288.

 

Special Issues

 

Dixon, Elise, and Rachel Robinson, eds. The Peer Review Special Issue: (Re)Defining “Welcome.” Vol. 3, Issue 3, Spring 2019.

Invited Workshops

Workshop co-Leader, “Sharpening the Writing Process with a Grant Context,” African Futures Scholars Grant Proposal Writing Workshop Program, Michigan State University African Alliance Program, December 2019

 

Co-leader, “Workshop: Evidence-Informed Strategies to Increase Research and Writing Outputs of Academic Staff.” Southern Africa Research and Innovation Manager Association conference. Cape Town, South Africa, August 2019.

Co-leader, “Capacity Building for Research and Writing Support: A North-North-South-South Institutional Collaboration.” Gaborone, Botswana, August 2018 (grant-funded).

Workshop Leader, “NT/TA Orientation: Assignment Sheets in the WC,” Michigan State University WRAC dept., August 2019

Workshop Leader, “Design Breakouts for GTAs: Graders and Help Room Tutors,” Michigan State University, August 2019

Workshop Co-leader, “Strategies and Tools Across Fields (STAF),” Michigan State University, May 2019

Workshop Co-leader, “Graduate Strategies and Tools Across Fields (STAF),” Michigan State University, April 2019

Selected Conference Presentations

*Robinson, Rachel. “Redefining the Canon: Empowerment through Writing Center Course Design.” European Writing Centers Association. July 2020, Graz, Austria.

*Dixon, Elise, Grace Pregent, and Rachel Robinson. “Making Things Personal: Hospitality as a Way to the Table.” Rhetoric Society of America. May 2020, Portland, OR.

*Pouncil, Floyd, and Rachel Robinson. “Yes, But I Do Know: Valuing Professional Experience in the Writing Center.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2020, Milwaukee, WI.

Bryant, Katie, Trixie Smith, and Rachel Robinson. “Attempts at an Artistic Flare: Decoloniality in Global Writing Center Partnerships.” International Writing Center Association conference. October 2019, Columbus, OH.

Robinson, Rachel, Katie Bryant, and Trixie Smith. “It Takes Four: Collaborating to Build a Writing for Research Impact Culture at Southern Universities.” Southern Africa Research and Innovation Manager Association conference. August 2019, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bryant, Katie, Codie Fortin Lalonde, Rachel Robinson, and Trixie Smith. “Concentric Circles: Understanding Collaboration by Asking Ourselves Critical Questions.” Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing conference. June 2019, Vancouver, British Colombia.

Bryant, Katie, Rachel Robinson, and Trixie Smith. “Meeting Where They Are: The Cross-Cultural Conversation.” Canadian Writing Center Association. May 2019, Vancouver, British Colombia.

Bryant, Katie, Rachel Robinson, and Trixie Smith. “Thinking Through the Use of Decolonial Methods in Global Collaborations: The Story of a North-North-South-South Partnership.” East Central Writing Center Association conference. April 2019, Dayton, OH.

Smith, Trixie, Elise Dixon, Kate Firestone, Bree Straayer-Gannon, Hillery Glasby, and Rachel Robinson. “Familial and Community (De/Re)Formations: (Performing) Stories of Familial, Racial, and Sexual Dis/re/orientation.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Andrea Bishop, Joanna Chromik, and Rachel Robinson. “Imposter Syndrome and the Graduate Student Experience.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Robinson, Rachel, and Trixie Smith. “Meeting Where They Are: The Cross-Cultural Conversation.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. February 2019, Myrtle Beach, SC.

*canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic