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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Brice Nordquist

Nordquist portrait

Associate Professor and Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

316 Tolley Humanities Building



Ph.D., University of Louisville.

Research & Scholarship

Working at the intersections of composition, literacy studies, education and mobility studies, my research investigates relations among language and literacy practices across media, educational and occupational institutions, material and digital spaces, and cultural and geopolitical borders. Some of my research and thinking about literacy, language and mobility appears in JAC (2009 & 2012) and the collection Reworking English in Rhetoric and Composition edited by Bruce Horner and Karen Kopleson. I’ve also coedited the collection Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition (Utah State 2017) with Bruce Horner and Susan Ryan.

My book, Literacy and Mobility (Routledge 2017), follows eleven students from different tracks of English in a “failing” public high school through their first years at research universities, colleges, and full-time jobs. I draw upon a range of data types collected while participating in students’ patterns of movement across scenes of literacy, and I use this data to investigate the ways in which students draw upon multiple literacies and linguistic resources to accommodate, resist, and transform conventions of discourse, genre, and discipline. The study illustrates the lateral and recursive natures of students’ movements and demonstrates the ways in which agency emerges from the circulations of literacies, languages, objects, ideas and identities that constitute various localities.

My current research examines global proliferations and local implementations of concurrent enrollment writing courses. I am presently engaged in a multi-sited ethnography that traces representations and enactments of concurrent enrollment courses within and across schools in the US and abroad.

  • Literacy and Mobility

    Literacy and Mobility

    Literacy and Mobility, by Brice Nordquist, Routledge; 1 edition (May 5, 2017), 184pp., ISBN-13: 978-1138189874

  • Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition

    Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition

    Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by Bruce Horner, Brice Nordquist, and Susan Ryan, Utah State University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2017), 308pp., ISBN-13: 978-1607325222


My research is motived, in large part, by a pursuit of effective writing pedagogy and program administration. I believe that to actively contribute to the conversations and contexts they care about, students must come to see themselves as agents continually reproducing and remaking themselves and their communities with multiple literacies and language resources. And so this question of how students begin to see themselves as agents, as makers of the communities and identities that constitute the educational, occupational, civic, and social organizations in which they participate, is one that drives my scholarship and teaching.

Current and Future Courses:

WRT 105 Introduction to College Writing: Composing College and Career (FA 14)

WRT 255 Advanced Argumentative Writing (FA 16)

WRT 303 Research Writing: Working Literacy in the Archives (SP 16)

WRT 308 Style: Dynamic Elements of Style (SP 16)

WRT 400 Writing, Transportation, Justice (SU 16)

WRT 424 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Identity: Writing Self and Space (SP 15)

WRT 424 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Identity: Trajectories of Writing (SP 17)

WRT 426 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technology: Rhetorics of Futurity: Utopia, Science Fiction, and City Planning (SP 17)

WRT 428 Studies in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy: Reading-Writing Networks (FA 14)

WRT 440 Studies in the Politics of Language and Writing: (Un)Doing English (FA 15)

CCR 635 Advanced Research Practices (FA 17)

CCR 651 Language, Literacy, and Mobility (FA 15)

CCR 760 Advanced Studies in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric: Ethnography of Literacy: Mobility, Complexity, Materiality (SP 15)


Narratio Fellows Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Poetry and Photography

(Aug. 5, 2021)

Narratio Fellowship partners with National Geographic and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help CNY-area refugees, including SU students, express themselves on the world stage.

Remote Tutoring Program Offers a Valuable Virtual Learning Experience for K-12 and Early College Students in CNY

(Feb. 3, 2021)

The program has connected over 200 students with tutors and workshop leaders from around the country.

Narratio Fellowship Receives Support from Humanities New York

(July 15, 2020)

HNY grant will help fund resettled refugee youth fellows’ production of autobiographical films about life during the pandemic and the pursuit of social justice.

Brice Nordquist Named Dean's Professor of Community Engagement

(May 1, 2020)

Nordquist will lead humanities-related community engagement initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Literacy and Mobility

(June 15, 2017)

Bryce Nordquist’s new book based on three-year study