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Our Body of Work

Embodied Administration and Teaching

edited by Melissa Nicolas & Anna Sicari

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“A vital intervention.”
—Christina Cedillo, University of Houston–Clear Lake

“This work is powerful.”
—Hannah J. Rule, University of South Carolina
“This book is for everyone who wants to (re)focus on the bodies attached to the minds privileged in academia; from early-career graduate students to senior faculty, everyone in rhetoric and composition can benefit from its expansive coverage.”


Our Body of Work invites administrators and teachers to consider how physical bodies inform everyday work and labor as well as research and administrative practices in writing programs. Combining academic and personal essays from a wide array of voices, it opens a meaningful discussion about the physicality of bodily experiences in the academy.

Open exchanges enable complex and nuanced conversations about intersectionality and how racism, sexism, classism, and ableism (among other “isms”) create systems of power. Contributors examine how these conversations are framed around work, practices, policies, and research and identify ways to create inclusive, embodied practices in writing programs and classrooms. The collection is organized to maximize representation in the areas of race, gender, identity, ability, and class by featuring scholarly chapters followed by narratively focused interchapters that respond to and engage with the scholarly work.

The honest and emotionally powerful stories in Our Body of Work expose problematic and normalizing policies, practices, and procedures and offer diverse theories and methodologies that provide multiple paths for individuals to follow to make the academy more inclusive and welcoming for all bodies. It will be an important resource for researchers, as well a valuable addition to graduate and undergraduate syllabi on embodiment, writing instruction/pedagogy, and WPA work.

Contributors: Dena Arendall, Janel Atlas, Hayat Bedaiwi, Elizabeth Boquet, Lauren Brentnell, Triauna Carey, Denise Comer, Joshua Daniel, Michael Faris, Rebecca Gerdes-McClain, Morgan Gross, Nabila Hijazi, Jacquelyn Hoermann-Elliott, Maureen Johnson, Jasmine Kar Tang, Elitza Kotzeva, Michelle LaFrance, Jasmine Lee, Lynn C. Lewis, Mary Lourdes Silva, Rita Malenczyk, Anna Rita Napoleone, Julie Prebel, Rebecca Rodriguez Carey, Ryan Skinnell, Trixie Smith, Stacey Waite, Kelsey Walker, Shannon Walters, Isaac Wang, Jennie Young


Melissa Nicolas is Professor of English at Washington State University. She has edited several writing studies collections, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Her current research interests include the rhetoric of health and medicine, disability studies, and feminism. She lives in Pullman, Washington, with her human and animal significant others.

Anna Sicari is assistant professor of English and writing center director at Oklahoma State University. Her research interests are in writing center theory and pedagogy, feminist research methods, composition theory and pedagogy, feminist theory, and qualitative research. She is associate editor of The Writing Center Journal.

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  • Paperback Price: $32.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-233-3
  • Ebook Price: $26.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $13.50
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-234-0
  • Publication Month: September
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 272
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Melissa Nicolas & Anna Sicari
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-233-3
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