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Garrett W. Nichols www.gwnichols.com

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, Department of English, Bridgewater State University: 2014–Present
Full-Time Instructor, Department of English, Bellevue College: 2014–2015
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Bellevue College: Fall 2013.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in English, Texas A&M University, 2013
Concentrations: Rhetoric, Queer Studies, and Cultural Rhetorics
Dissertation: Rural Drag: Settler Colonialism and the Queer Rhetorics of Rurality
 Recipient of 2015 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer
Scholarship
Master of Arts in English, Illinois State University, 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Grove City College, 2004

PUBLICATIONS & GRANTS
“The Quiet Country Closet: Reconstructing a Discourse for Closeted Rural Experiences.” Present Tense: A
Journal of Rhetoric in Society 3.1 (2013). Web. Selected as lead article.
“‘Clo’es could do de like o’ dat’: Race, Place, and Power in Mark Twain’s The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson.”
Southern Literary Journal 46.1 (2013): 110 – 126. Print.
“Translating Sexuality and the Question of Kinship.” Rev. of When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the
History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty by Mark Rifkin. H-Net Reviews. February 2013.
Forthcoming
“Queer Settlers in a One-Room Schoolhouse: A Decolonial Queerscape Pedagogy.” Queer Landscapes:
Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy. Eds. Elizabeth McNeil, James Wermers, J. Oakleaf
Lunn. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, Forthcoming, 2017. Queer Studies in Education.
“Type Reveals Culture: A Defense of ‘Bad Type.’” Type Matters, eds. C. S. Wyatt and Dànielle Nicole
DeVoss. Collection under review at Parlor Press.
“Rural Drag.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Special Issue: "Sartorial Politics, Intersectionality,
and Queer Worldmaking."
In Progress
Rural Drag, Settler Colonialism, and the Queer Rhetoric of Rurality. Proposal under consideration at University of
Minnesota Press.
Digital/Multimedia Projects
Rural Queer Activism: A Digital Archive. In progress.

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Grants
Innovation in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IIDEA) Grant. “The Atravesado Speaker
and Workshop Series.” 2012–2013. Funded for $4,000.
 I was a co-author on this grant proposal, focusing on the following sections: project outline;
challenges and sustainability; and outcomes and evaluation. I helped to coordinate the
collaborative writing process for the grant.

HONORS & AWARDS
2017 NEH Summer Institute, “Space, Place, and the Humanities,” Northeastern University, Boston, MA,
24 July–11 August, 2017.
2017 RSA Summer Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
 “Queer Archival Immersion: Rhetoric, Performance, Pedagogy, and Politics at the Kinsey
Institute,” 22–25 May 2017.
 “Rhetorical Archives/Archival Rhetorics,” 25–27 May 2017.
2016-2017 Provost Scholar Award , Bridgewater State University
 Includes a 3/3 course reduction for one year and $7,000 budget to support research and
scholarship
2015 Teacher Scholar Institute – Writing Track, Bridgewater State University.
2015 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship Dissertation Award, Conference on
College Composition and Communication. For Rural Drag: Settler Colonialism and the Queer Rhetorics of
Rurality.
2015 Stonewall Service Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication.
2013 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Nominee (Humanities/Fine Arts), Texas A&M University.
2013 Vision 2020 Dissertation Enhancement Award ($3,789), College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University.
2013 Graduate Enhancement Merit Award for “Clo’es could do de like o’ dat,” Department of English, Texas
A&M University.
2012 Graduate Enhancement Merit Award for “The Quiet Country Closet,” Department of English, Texas
A&M University.
2012 Graduate Student Travel Award, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Texas A&M University.
2012 Lynn Brown Travel Award, Writing Programs Office, Department of English, Texas A&M University.
2011 Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching, Department of English, Texas A&M University.
2011 Graduate Student Service Award, Department of English, Texas A&M University.
2009-2010 Regents Fellow ($5,000), Texas A&M University.

CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
Conference Presentations
“Settling for Queerness: Queer Archival Research and Colonial Power.” To be presented at Rhetoric
Society of America. Reinventing Rhetoric. Minneapolis, MN. 31 May–3 June 2018.

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“‘We Ain’t Nothing’: Inventing S-Town; Inventing the Nation.” With Devon Fitzgerald Ralston. To be
presented at Rhetoric Society of America. Reinventing Rhetoric. Minneapolis, MN.
31 May–3 June 2018.
“Look Away! Dixie Land!: The Confederate Flag as Icon of American Rurality.” Conference on College
Composition and Communication. Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change. Portland, OR.
15–18 March 2017.
Chair. “Queer Mentorship and the Risks of Creating Change.” Queer Caucus sponsored panel. To be
presented at Conference on College Composition and Communication. Cultivating Capacity, Creating
Change. Portland, OR. 15–18 March 2017.
“Belt Buckles and Big Sticks: Rural Drag, Political Campaigns, and the Construction of an Ideal Citizenry.”
Rhetoric Society of America. Rhetoric and Change. Atlanta, GA. 27-29 May 2016.
“An Alliance Beyond Signal-Boosting.” Panel: “Taking Action and Taking Responsibility: A Roundtable
for Caucuses, Special Interest Groups, Standing Groups, and the NCTE/CCCC.” Conference on
College Composition and Communication. Writing Strategies for Action. Houston, TX. 6–9 April
2016.
Chair. “Neuroqueer Rhetorics, Neuroqueering Rhetorics.” Queer Caucus sponsored panel. Conference on
College Composition and Communication. Writing Strategies for Action. Houston, TX. 6–9 April
2016.
“‘You’re a Comic Sans Criminal but We’re Here to Help You’: The Civilizing Narratives Embedded in
Our Conversations about Font.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Risk
and Reward. Tampa, FL. 18–21 March 2015.
“‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’: Heteropatriarchal Fantasies of Colonization and the Rhetoric of Rural
Drag in Country Western Music.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference. Entering the Conversation. East
Lansing, MI. 30 October – 1 November 2014.
“‘A Blessing to the People’: Regulatory Writing and the Rhetorics of White Supremacy and Settler
Colonialism in Texas Higher Education.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Border Rhetorics.
San Antonio, TX. 22–26 May 2014.
“Even My Nutz are Red, White, and Blue: Rural Drag and the Settler Rhetorics of White
Heteropatriarchy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Open | Source(s),
Access, Futures. Indianapolis, IN. 19–22 March 2014.
Moderator. Panel: “Queer | Community: Intersectionality, Inclusion, and Alliance in Queer Rhetorics and
Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Open | Source(s), Access,
Futures. Indianapolis, IN. 19–22 March 2014.
“Rural Drag: Adopting Rural Cultural Practices as an Analogue for White Settler Heteropatriarchy.”
National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Negotiating Points of Encounter. Cincinnati, OH.
7–10 November 2013.
Chair. Panel: “Are There No Teachers Here? Automating Teaching and Assessment.” Conference on
College Composition and Communication. The Public Work of Composition. Las Vegas, NV. 13–16
March 2013.
“The Quiet Country Closet: Reconstructing Discourses for Closeted Rural Experiences.” Panel: “Rainbow
Arches: Gateways or Barriers in LGBTQ Stories and Identities.” Conference on College
Composition and Communication. Writing Gateways. St. Louis, MO.
21–24 March 2012.

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“‘How You Live Your Life Behind Closed Doors’: Valuing Feeling as Partial Perspective in Understanding
Embodied Rhetorics.” Panel: “Listening To/For Embodied Rhetorics: Making Meaning Across
Difference as an Act of Alliance Building.” Conference on College Composition and
Communication. All Our Relations: Contested Space, Contested Knowledge. Atlanta, GA. 6–9 April 2011.
“Rivers of Racism: Two Histories of Racial Criticism about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Heart of
Darkness.” English Graduate Symposium. College Station, TX. 21 April 2010.
“A Regime of One: Appropriating Truth and Power in Winesburg, Ohio.” Panel: “Language, Narration, and
Discovering Truths.” 2009 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American
Culture Associations. New Orleans, LA. 8–11 April 2009.
“‘We Would Not Have You Bring the Plague Among Us’: How the Town Inverts City Strategies in
Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year.” Panel: “The City and Literature: The Trail of More than Two
Cities.” 2008 Midwestern Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Minneapolis, MN.
13–16 November 2008.
“(Re)Presenting Identity: Re-identifying the Schitsu’umsch.” Illinois State Graduate Research Symposium.
Normal, IL. 12 April 2008.
Moderator, “Post-Graduate Opportunities Panel” at 2008 MUSE Conference. Illinois Wesleyan
University. Bloomington, IL. 27 September 2008.
“Fuzzy Boundaries: The Small Town as ‘Other’ in Hot Fuzz.” Panel Chair. Panel: “Identity Formation:
Town vs. City.” 2008 Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture
Associations. San Francisco, CA. 19–22 March 2008.
Lectures & Invited Lectures
Keynote Address. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. Mattering. New Mexico State
University. Las Cruces, NM. 2–3 November 2018.
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy: Heteropatriarchal Fantasies of Colonization and the Rhetoric of Rural
Drag in Country Music.” Bridgewater State University. Department of English Faculty
Colloquium. 22 April 2015.
“Rural Drag and Queer Theory.” Bridgewater State University. INTD 265, Introduction to GLBT Studies.
14 April 2015.
“Space and Queer Studies.” Oregon State University. QS 262, Introduction to Queer Studies. 20 June
2013.
“Queering Settler Colonialism: A Decolonial Subjectless Critique.” Oregon State University. WS/ES
499/599, Indigenous Queer & Two-Spirit Experiences. 22 January 2013.
“Situated Rhetorics and the Histories of Space.” Texas A&M University. ENGL 104, Composition and
Rhetoric. 15 November 2012.
“Rural Drag and The Order of Things.” University of Central Florida. ENC 6355, Rhetorical Traditions.
(Skype). 14 November 2012.
“Voice and Audiences: Consulting for First-Year Writing.” Texas A&M University. University Writing
Center. 17 October 2012.
“Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” Illinois State University. IDS 121.51, Texts &
Contexts – Ethnic Studies: Introduction to Ethnic Literatures. 12–30 October 2008.

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Workshops
Co-Facilitator with Laura Leigh Morris and Alma Villanueva. “The Problem of Race in a Post-Racial Era:
A Workshop with Victor Villanueva.” The Atravesado Speaker and Workshop Series. Texas A&M
University. College Station, TX. 12 September 2012.
“Beyond Queerness: A Workshop on All of Our Identities.” Invited Lecture. Aggie Allies. Texas A&M
University. College Station, TX. 17 April 2012.

TEACHING
Bridgewater State University
Graduate Courses
Introduction to Graduate Studies in English
Working with Archives
Undergraduate Courses
Lavender Learning Community
Personal and Public Writing
Senior Seminar: Political Campaign Rhetoric
Technical Communication
Topics in Writing: Queer Rhetorics of Place
Typography: What the Font? (2nd Year Seminar)
Writing about Writing
Writing our Heritages
Writing Rhetorically
Writing Rhetorically with Sources
Bellevue College
Technical Writing
English Composition I
Texas A&M University
Technical Communication
Advanced Composition
Introduction to Literature: Civil Dialogues Focus
Composition and Rhetoric: Civil Dialogues Focus
Composition and Rhetoric

SERVICE
Service to the Profession
Chair, CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship Committee, 2017-2018.
CCCC Task Force to Review Standing Group Application Procedures/Guidelines, 2017.
CCCC Outstanding Book Award Committee, 2016-2017.
Stage II Reviewer, 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication
Career Counselor, 2016 Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions Workshop, UMass Boston

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CCCC LGBTQ Awards Selection Committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication,
Fall 2013–2016.
 2015–2016: Chair, Stonewall Service Award Selection Sub-committee
 2014–2015: Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award Selection Sub-committee
 2013–2014: Lavender Rhetorics Award (Article) Selection Sub-committee
Reviewer, College Composition and Communication, 2016
Reviewer, enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, special issue on cultural rhetorics, 2016
Stage I Reviewer, 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication
Reviewer, 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference
Co-chair, CCCC Queer Caucus, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2012–2015.
 Successfully proposed three new awards to the national committee recognizing queer scholarship
in the study of rhetoric and composition: Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award, Lavender Rhetorics
Award, and Stonewall Service Award.
Stage II Reviewer, 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication
Stage I Reviewer, 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication
Reviewer, 2015 Cultural Rhetorics Conference
Service to the University
Honors Advisory Board, Bridgewater State University, 2016-Present.
Co-facilitator, GLBT Mentoring Program, Bridgewater State University, 2016-Present.
Advisor & Instructor, Lavender Residential Learning Community, Bridgewater State University,
2016-Present.
Women and Gender Studies Advisory Committee, Bridgewater State University, 2016-Present.
Panelist, Coming Out Stories, Bridgewater State University, Spring 2016.
Organizer, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, Film Screening, Bridgewater State University,
March 2015.
Panelist, Coming Out Stories, Bridgewater State University, Fall 2014.
Atravesado Speaker and Workshop Series Planning Committee, Texas A&M University, 2011–2012.
Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, Texas A&M University, 2011–2012.
Graduate Studies Student Advisory Group, Office of Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University,
2011–2012.
Facilitator, Aggie Allies, College Station, TX, 2011–2012.
Board Member, Aggie Allies, College Station, TX, 2011–2012.
Panelist, GLBTA Speakers Bureau, Texas A&M University, 2010–2012.
Service to the Department
Curriculum Committee, Department of English, Bridgewater State University, 2015–Present.
Diversity Committee, Department of English, Bridgewater State University, 2014–2015.
Writing Studies Committee, Department of English, Bridgewater State University, 2014–2015.

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Service to the Community
Volunteer, The History Project, Boston, MA, 2015–2016.

MEMBERSHIPS, AFFILIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association
CRLA – Level One Writing Tutor Certification
National Council of Teachers of English
Queer Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication
Rhetoric Society of America

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