Department of English
Phone: (308) 865-8166
Brian Ray's teaching and research interests include classical rhetoric and civic discourse, language difference and second-language writing, and basic writing. His work appears or is forthcoming in the journals Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, Rhetoric Review, and the Journal of Basic Writing. He is also author of the novel Through the Pale Door.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Nebraska at Kearney (August 2012-Present)
Assistant Director of Composition, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 2010-May 2011)
Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2012.
M.F.A., English, Creative Writing, University of South Carolina, 2007.
B.A., English, University of South Carolina, 2004.
“More Than Just Remixing: Uptake and New Media Composition.” Forthcoming in
Computers and Composition, 2013.
“Forgotten Radicals: A History of the Term ‘Theory’ in Three Decades of Writing Program
Administration Scholarship.” Composition Studies 40.1 (2012).
“Tim Burton and the Idea of Fairy Tale.” Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity. Pauline Greenhill and
Sidney Eve-Matrix, eds. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2010. 198-218.
“A New World: Revising the Legacy of Min-Zhan Lu.” Journal of Basic Writing 27.2 (2009): 106-127.
Rev. of Pat Gehrke’s The Ethics and Politics of Speech. TETYC: Teaching English in the Two-Year College.
39.1 (2011): 89-91.
Rev. essay of Meir Litvak and Ester Webman’s Arab Responses to the Holocaust and Elhanan Yakira’s Post-
Zionism, Post-Holocaust. Co-authored with Nancy Myers. Rhetoric Review 29.3 (2010): 313-318.
Rev. of Catherine Prendergast’s Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist
World. JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition. 29.4 (2009): 862-870.
Rev. of Byron Hawk’s A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity. TETYC:
Teaching English in the Two-Year College 36.4 (2009): 405-407.
"Toward a Stylistic Renaissance: Classical Rhetoric and Language Difference.” Conference of the Rhetoric
Society of America, Philadelphia, May 25-28, 2012.
“U.S. Composition's Fit in the World: Internationalization's Influence on Theory and Pedagogy.” Panel
with Bruce Horner as respondent. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St.
Louis, March 21-24, 2012.
“Puncturing U.S. English-Only: Teaching Translingualism to Monolingual Students.” Conference on
Writing Education Across Borders. Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, Sept 30, 2011.
“ESL and Post-Process Theories: Cross-Conversation.” 22nd Annual Pennsylvania State Conference on
Rhetoric and Composition, State College, Pennsylvania, July 11, 2011.
“Evaluating the Intellectual Work of Graduate Student Administrators: Time for a Statement?” Writing
Program Administrators Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 15, 2011.
“Global Rhetorics: Writing about Belief, Islam, and Human Rights.” Conference on College Composition
and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 2011.
“Re-mixing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Cosmopolitan Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and
Communication, Louisville, Kentucky, March 18, 2010.
“Cosmopolitan Rhetoric: Toward a Globalized Believing Game.” Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on
Learning Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, July 31, 2009.
“Diving In, Diving Farther, Diving Deeper: The Future of Basic Writing.” Conference on College
Composition and Communication, San Francisco, California, March 12, 2009.
“Mina Shaughnessy: Beyond ‘Iconic’ and ‘Critical.’” Conference on College Composition and
Communication, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 9, 2008.