Kate Comer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Associate Director of Rhetoric & Composition

FMH 310K | 725-3568 | kcomer@pdx.edu

B.A. in Literature, Eckerd College 
M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin
M.A. in English, University of Colorado Boulder
Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University

On the PSU faculty since 2017

FIELDS: Composition & Rhetoric, Pedagogy, Digital Activism, Public Intellectualism, Narrative Theory, Writing Program Administration


Kate Comer joined the English Department of Portland State University in the Fall Term of 2017 as Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Rhetoric & Composition. She comes to PSU from Barry University in Miami, FL, where she directed the First-Year Writing Program and taught courses in professional writing and multimodal composition. Her current research focuses on public rhetoric, digital activism, and community writing, along with ongoing projects related to writing program administration, the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, and the online journal Harlot, of which she is one of the founding editors. Outside academia, Kate has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation and neighborhood advocacy, hobbies she hopes to continue in Portland.


“Roles and Relationships: Possibilities for Student Participation in Writing Program Administration.” The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and Beyond the Classroom. Eds. Paige V. Banaji, Lisa Blankenship, Katie DeLuca, and Lauren Obermark. Computers and Composition Digital Press/ Utah State University UP. [forthcoming]

“Illustrating Praxis: Comic Composition, Narrative Rhetoric, and Critical Multiliteracies.” Composition Studies. Special issue: Comics, Multimodality, and Composition. 43.1 (2015). 

“The Pedagogy of the DALN: A Survey.” With Michael Harker. Computers and Composition: An International Journal. 35 (2015). 

Review of Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges, by Jill M. Gladstein and Dara Rossman Regaignon. In Journal of Teaching Writing. 29.2 (2014). 

"Language and Limitations: Toward a New Praxis of Public Intellectualism." With Tim Jensen. Global Academe: Engaging Intellectual Discourse. Eds. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi and Karyn Hollis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

"Narrative Theory and Stories that Speak to Us." With Cynthia L. Selfe and the DALN Consortium. Stories that Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Eds. Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Cynthia L. Selfe, and H. Lewis Ulman. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State UP, 2012.

"Something's Fishy Here." Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion 1 (2008). Web.