Jonathan Alexander

Chancellor's Professor of English and Informatics
School of Humanities

Editor, College Composition and Communication

Director, Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication

Campus Writing Coordinator

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1993, Comparative Literature

Phone: (949) 824-7397
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
(Office) 153 Krieger Hall
(Mailing) 435 Humanities Instructional Bldg
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Writing Studies, New Media Studies, Genre and Popular Fiction, Life Writing, Sexuality Studies
Jonathan Alexander is a three-time recipient of the Ellen Nold Award for Best Articles in the field of Computers and Composition Studies. His books have been nominated for various awards, including the Lambda Literary Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Computers and Writing Studies. From 2010-2013, Jonathan was named a UCI Chancellor's Fellow in recognition of his scholarly achievements.
Jonathan's 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 discursive theories of sexuality have to teach us about literacy and literate practice in pluralistic democracies.
Publications Creative Nonfiction

Creep: A Life, a Theory, an Apology, a critical memoir. punctum books. September 2017

Scholarly Monographs

Disintegrating Democracy: SF Television Theorizes Post-9/11 America. With Sherryl Vint. Manuscript in development.

Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship. Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield. 2017

Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self. Co-authored with Jacqueline Rhodes. Computers and Composition Digital Press. September 2015. Winner of the 2016 Lavender Rhetorics Award

On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies. With Jacqueline Rhodes. CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric. March 2014. Winner of the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award and the 2014 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award

Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies. Utah State University Press. April 2008

Digital Youth: Emerging Literacies on the World Wide Web. A book in Hampton Press’s “New Dimensions in Computers and Writing Studies” series, edited by Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe. December 2005 (Nominated for the Computers & Composition Outstanding Book Award)

Edited Collections

Unruly Rhetorics. Co-edited volume with Susan C. Jarratt and Nancy Welch. Under contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press; volume under review.

The Routledge Companion to Digital Rhetoric & Writing. Co-edited with Jacqueline Rhodes. Under contract; volume in preparation.

Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. Co-edited with Jacqueline Rhodes. Routledge, 2015

Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges. Co-edited with Serena Anderlini D'Onofrio. Routledge. 2012

Role Play: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing. Co-edited with Marcia Dickson. A book in Hampton Press’s “New Dimensions in Computers and Writing Studies." December 2005

Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others. Co-edited with Karen Yescavage. Routledge. July 2004 (Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award)


Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing. With Elizabeth Losh. Bedford/St. Martin's. First edition: March 2013. Second edition: January 2017

Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies. With Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. Sage Publications. First Edition: January 2009. Second Edition: February 2013. Third edition: January 2017

Argument Now, a Brief Rhetoric. Co-written with Margaret Barber, PhD, focusing on the use of computers to teach writing. Pearson/Longman. January 2005

Edited Journal Issues

Special issue of Computers & Composition, entitled “Writing | Designing.” Edited with Julia R. Lupton. Volume 33. September 2014.

Special issue of College English, entitled “Re-Imagining the Social Turn in Composition Studies.” Edited with Jacqueline Rhodes. Vol. 76.6. July 2014.

Special issue of Reflections, a Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy, entitled “Public/Sex: Connecting Sexuality and Service Learning.” Edited with Janell Haynes and Jacqueline Rhodes. Vol. 9.2. Spring 2010.

Special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality, entitled "Bisexuality & Queer Theory." Co-edited with Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio. Vol. 9.3-4 July-December 2009.

“Media Convergence,” a special collection of Webtexts for the “Print to Screen” section of Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2008.

Special Issue of Computers and Composition, entitled “Media Convergence.” Vol. 25.1. March 2008. (Winner, Ellen Nold Award)

Special issue of The Journal of Bisexuality, entitled “Looking Both Ways: Bisexuality and the Media.” Co-edited with Dr. Keith Dorwick. Volume 7, Numbers 1 & 2. 2007.

Special issue of Computers & Composition, entitled “Sexuality, Technology, and the Teaching of Writing.” Co-edited with William P. Banks. Vol. 21.3. September 2004. (Winner, Ellen Nold Award)

“Special Cluster: Queer Theory,” for JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory. Co-edited with Michelle Gibson. Vol. 24.1. 2004.

Special issue of the International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, entitled “Queer Webs: Representations of LGBT People and Communities on the World Wide Web.” Vol. 7, Nos. 2 & 3. April/May 2002.

Special issue of the Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, entitled “Queer Values, Beyond Identity.” Vol. 4, No. 4. October 1999.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"We Are all Abnegation Now: Suffering Agency in the Divergent Series." With Jasmine Lee. Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts. Forthcoming.

"Representations of Autism in Online Harry Potter Fanfiction." With Rebecca W. Black, Vicky Chen, and John Duarte. New Media & Society. Under review.

"Sex and the AI: Queering Intimacies." With Karen Yescavage. Science Fiction Film and Television. Forthcoming.

"Flows of Literacy Across Corporate and User-Produced Virtual Worlds." With Rebecca W. Black and Ksenia Korobkova. Teachers College Record. Forthcoming.

"Queering What We Know about Writing." WPA: Writing Program Administration. Forthcoming.

"Outside Within: Growing Up Gay in the South." Southern Quarterly, 54,3/4, Spring/Summer 2017 (10-22)

“Damaging Words: On ‘Thirteen Reasons Why.’” Los Angeles Review of Books. May 24, 2017.

“Everyone Grows Up: Jonathan Alexander and Brian Selznick in Conversation.” Los Angeles Review of Books. April 19, 2017.

“Blinded By Donald Trump, Or, Slowing Down.” Los Angeles Review of Books. April 13, 2017.

“What Feeds the Imagination: Jonathan Alexander Interviews Kenneth Kidd.” Los Angeles Review of Books. April 6, 2017.

"Queered Writing Assessment." College English. Vol. 79, No. 2, November 2016. (202-205)

"On Alter Egos and Facing Monsters: Jonathan Alexander Interviews Francesca Lia Block." Los Angeles Review of Books. September 26, 2016.!

“Frameworks for Failure.” With Daniel M. Gross. Pedagogy. 16.2 (2016). (273-295)

"After Homonormativity: Hope for a (More) Queer Canon of Gay YA Literature." With William P. Banks. Beyond Borders: Queer Eros and Ethos (Ethics) in LGBTQ Young Adult Literature. Eds. Darla Linville and David Lee Carson. New York: Peter Lang. 2016

“Aftermaths of an Epidemic: On Dale Peck’s Visions and Revisions.” Los Angeles Review of Books. September 18, 2015.

“Failures of Nerve: While We’re Young and The Overnight.” Los Angeles Review of Books. September 1, 2015.

“Unnatural Disasters, or Queering Katrina.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 27, 2015.

“Late L’Engle: The Wrinkles of Time, Redeemed.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 16, 2015.

“The Literacy Games: Summer Lessons about Media from YA Fiction.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 2, 2015.

“Kids in the Aftermath: Katrina in Young Adult Fiction.” Los Angeles Review of Books. July 21, 2015.

“The Darker Side of the Sorting Hat: Representations of Educational Testing in Dystopian Young Adult Fiction." With Rebecca Black. Children's Literature. Volume 43 (2015). (208-234)

"Narrating Compulsion: Reading Gay Male Writing.” QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking. Volume 2, Number 1 (Spring 2015). (37-60)

“Glenn Gould & the Rhetorics of Sound.” Computers and Composition. Volume 37 (September 2015). (73-89)

“Aesthetics and Artificiality from À rebours to Avatar: Some Varieties of the Virtual Since 1884.” Science Fiction Studies. Vol. 41.3. November 2014. (502-523)

“Telling the Truth about Sex: Rhetorical Responsiveness in the Case of Ted Haggard.” JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, & Politics. Vol. 34.1-2. 2014. (105-131)

“Indirection, Anxiety, and the Folds of Reading.” With Jacqueline Rhodes and Laura Micciche. Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy. Vol. 65-66. Fall 2013 & Spring 2014. (43-71)

“Rhetorical Education and Student Activism.” With Susan C. Jarratt. College English. Vol. 76.6. July 2014. (525-544)

“The Career of David Levithan: It Gets Better and Better.” Los Angeles Review of Books.

“Imagining Alien Sex.” A four-part article, with David Lumb and Karen Yescavage. Los Angeles Review of Books. December 3, 2013-January 5, 2014.

"Repetition Compulsions: Dennis Cooper and the Ethics of Transgression." Journal of Homosexuality. (forthcoming)

"Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence." With Jacqueline Rhodes. College Composition and Communication. Vol. 65, No. 3, February 2014. (430-454)

"California in/and Science Fiction: The Future is Here." A special cluster of articles, curated by Jonathan Alexander and introduced by Jonathan Alexander and Catherine Liu. Los Angeles Review of Books. August 15, 2013.

"Revolution Now? The Family Romances of Post-Apocalyptic Media." Los Angeles Review of Books. December 10, 2012.

"Katrina Media: The Arts of HBO's 'Treme' in the Aftermath of Trauma." Los Angeles Review of Books. September 23, 2012.

“Queer Rhetoric and the Pleasures of the Archive.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. Enculturation, 2012.

“Queerness, Multimodality, and the Possibilities of Re/Orientation.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. Composing (Media)= Composing (Embodiment): Bodies, Technologies, Writing, the Teaching of Writing. Ed. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Utah State UP, 2012. (187-211)

"Experience, Embodiment, Excess: Multimedia[ed] [E]visceration and Installation Rhetoric." With Jacqueline Rhodes. In The New Work of Composing, edited by Deborah Journet, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman. Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2012.

"Installation Rhetoric: A Manifesto for the Body." With Jacqueline Rhodes. College Composition and Communication Online 1.1. December 2011

Response to "Prompts, Props, and Performativity: Commemorating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.” College Composition and Communication Online 1.1. December 2011

“The ‘Write’ Context: Embedding Information Literacy.” With Cathy Palmer and Kevin Ruminson. 2011. Journal of Information Fluency.

“Queer: An Impossible Subject for Composition.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. JAC. Volume 31: 1-2. 2011 (177-206)

"Whose Literacy Is It Anyway? Examining a First-Year Approach to Gaming Across Curricula." With Elizabeth Losh. Currents in Electronic Literacy. 2011.

“Straight Eye for the Gay Guy: Composing Queerness.” Journal of Homosexuality. Volume 57.6. July 2010 (697 - 729)

"Technologies of the Self in the Aftermath: Affect, Subjectivity, Composition." With Jacqueline Rhodes. Rhetoric Review. Vol. 29.2. 2010 (145-164)

“Queer Rhetorical Agency: Questioning Narratives of Heteronormativity.” With David Wallace. JAC 29.4. 2009 (793-819)

Recent Multimedia / Creative Work

"Savage Parade: 12 Poems." Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry. Issue 10. April 2013

“Queered: A Literacy Narrative.” A twenty-minute film created with Jacqueline Rhodes. 2011 Computers and Writing Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Screened May 20, 2011
Published online at Technoculture:

"daybreak: a nietzschean rhapsody." Polari: An International Journal of Queer Creative Writing. Issue 2, October 2010.

“phonesex : a digital collage” and “dis|orientation : a straight closet.” Published online in Harlot, A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. Volume 1, Number 1. Fall 2008.
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