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Michael Harker

Associate Professor

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2010


History and Theory of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies


Michael Harker’s research and teaching interests include the history and theory of rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, and the history of higher education. He received his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in 2010. His current book The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate appeared in 2015 from SUNY Press. He has published articles in College Composition and Communication, Literacy in Composition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, Computers and Composition Online, and Composition Forum. Michael Harker is Co-Director of The Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives (DALN), a publicly available research archive of literacy narratives for which Georgia State University is a Contributing Partner and Sponsor. Email:


The Archive as ClassroomPedagogical Approaches to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. With Ben McCorkle and Kathryn B. Comer. Utah State University Press/Computers and Composition Digital Press. In Contract and Forthcoming.

“The Success of This Course Depends Upon Your Participation: Technology, Topoi, and Infrastructure in the Era of MOOCs.” Co-authored with Mary Hocks. Banaji, Blankenship, DeLuca, Obermark, eds. The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and Beyond the Classroom. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. Forthcoming. Digital.

“Coming of Age in the Era of Acceleration: Rethinking Literacy Narratives as Pedagogies of Lifelong Learning.” With Douglas Hall. Literacy in Composition Studies. Special Issue: Composing a Further Life. Eds. Lauren Bowen and Suzy Rumsey. Vol 6 No. 2 November 2018.

“Stories Within Stories: Three Reflections on Working with The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.” Co-authored with Ben McCorkle and Paige Arrington. Getting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age. Ed. Laura Gray-Rosendale. Albany: SUNY Press. January 2018.

“The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives as Public Utility.” Co-authored with Ben McCorkle. Composition Forum. Special Issue: Public Writing in Composition. July 2017

The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press. January 2015.

“The Digital Literacy Narratives of DMAC: Coming to Terms with Constructed Contexts, Experiences, and Identities.” Co-authored with Matthew Sansbury. Ball, DeWitt, DeVoss, Selfe, eds. Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2015. Digital.

“The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: A Survey.” Co-authored with Kathryn B. Comer. Accepted and forthcoming in Computers and Composition: An International Journal.  Forthcoming. Summer 2014. Print.

“The Legibility of Literacy in Composition’s Great Debate: Revisiting ‘Romantics on Writing’ and the Compulsory Composition Debate.” Literacy in Composition Studies. Vol. 1 No. 2. October 2013. Digital.

Commonplace: A Citizen’s Guide to Persuasion for an Age That Desperately Needs One. With Scott Lloyd Dewitt and Aaron McKain. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009. Digital.

“The Ethics of Argument: Rereading Kairos and Making Sense in a Timely Fashion.” College Composition and Communication. 59:1 September, 2007. (77-95). Print.

“Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Documentary.” With Aaron McKain and Cormac Slevin. Cindy Selfe, ed. Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Hampton Press, 2007. Digital.

“What’s at Stake?” Cindy Selfe, ed. Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Hampton Press, 2007. Digital.