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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia Pope

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Assistant Teaching Professor

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

211 HB Crouse Hall


Research and Teaching Interests

Public rhetorical discourse surrounding activist art, community and civic engagement, and rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric, multimodal design, ethics of rhetoric and technical communication.


Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Texas Tech University.

M.S. in Cognitive Dissonance and RTI from Minnesota State University of Mankato.

M.A. in Rhetoric and Post-Colonial Literature from Minnesota State University of Mankato.

M.A. in Visual Rhetoric and Postmodern Studies from Minnesota State University of Mankato.

B.S.T. in Composition and Public Speaking from Minnesota State University of Mankato.

Prior Experience

2018-present – teaching specialist of rhetoric and technical communication at the University of Minnesota. 2008-2020 – Instructor of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, communication studies, and critical thinking at Minnesota State University of Mankato.


Member of the following organizations: College Composition & Communications CCCC; Association of Teachers of Technical Writing; Association of Rhetoric & Writing Studies; Association of Writers & Writing Programs; Rhetoric Society of America; Coalition for Community Rhetoric; Applied Rhetoric Collaborative; National Council for Teachers of English; MN Reading Association; MN Association for Developmental & ELL Education; MN Writing & English Association.


Co-authored with Randall McClure. 2010. “Concurrent Enrollment in Rural Minnesota:  Addressing the Needs Caused by Shifting Demographics, Economics and Academics.” College Credit for Writing in High School: The “Taking Care of” Business. Eds. Kristine Hansen and Christine Farris. NCTE, Urbana, IL. 189-207.