People

Jasmine Lee

  • Graduate Writing Fellow

Iveta Cruse

  • Assistant to the Campus Writing Coordinator


Jonathan Alexander
Chancellor’s Professor of English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies
Campus Writing Coordinator

Director, Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication

PhD, Comparative Literature, Louisiana State University, 1993
MA, Comparative Literature (German emphasis), LSU, 1991
BA, English, LSU, 1989

Jonathan’s research areas include Writing Studies, Composition/Rhetoric, New Media Studies, and Sexuality Studies. His scholarly work focuses primarily on the use of emerging communications technologies in the teaching of writing and in shifting conceptions of what writing, composing, and authoring mean. Jonathan also works at the intersection of the fields of writing studies and sexuality studies, where he explores what theories of sexuality, particularly queer theory, have to teach us about literacy and literate practice in pluralistic democracies.Jonathan’s books include On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies (with Jacqueline Rhodes, CCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric, 2014), Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing (with Elizabeth Losh, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013), Bisexuality and Queer Theory (edited with Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, Routledge, 2011), Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (with Deborah Meem and Michelle Gibson, Sage, 2010), Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies (Utah State University Press, 2008) Role Play: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing (edited with Marcia Dickson, Hampton Press, 2006), Argument Now, a Brief Rhetoric (written with Margaret M. Barber, Longman, 2005), Digital Youth: Emerging Literacies on the World Wide Web (Hampton Press, 2005), and Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (edited with Karen Yescavage, Routledge, 2004).Jonathan is a three-time recipient of the Ellen Nold Award for Best Articles in the field of Computers and Composition Studies, and in 2011 he received the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Computers and Writing. His books have been nominated for various awards, including the Lambda Literary Award. As past Director of English Composition and Interim Director of General Education at the University of Cincinnati, Jonathan brings to UCI a wealth of experience in writing instruction, curriculum design, cross-disciplinary relations, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.



Jasmine Lee
Graduate Writing Fellow

MA in English, UC Irvine, 2013
MA in English Composition and Literature, CSU San Bernardino, 2011
BA in Literature/Writing, UC San Diego, 2008

A PhD candidate in the Department of English at UC Irvine, Jasmine joins the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator as a graduate writing fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Jasmine brings to this position experience teaching lower- and upper-division writing at UCI, in-person and online. Before assuming this fellowship, Jasmine worked as an editorial assistant for two major rhetoric and composition journals; she is excited to share the current scholarship she encountered through that work with faculty across campus and to support the CWC mission to celebrate student writing in all of its forms this year. Jasmine’s own research considers composition’s disciplinary history, the political economy of composition, the presence of “youth” in composition studies, and the role of popular culture, especially YA, in rhetorical education. More specifically, her dissertation considers how political economic structures, values, and practices have moved through some of rhet/comp’s very foundational metaphors and figures, including the figure of youth. Jasmine has presented her research at various conferences, including CCCC, RSA, MLA, and the UC Writing Conference.



Iveta Cruse
Assistant to the Campus Writing Coordinator

MA, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Iveta started her administrative career at the University of California, Irvine in 2000. She graduated from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in Bulgaria with a MA in Italian Language and Literature. She also attended courses at the University of Perugia, Italy. Her interests involve philological studies, linguistics, translations, and poetry.