Visiting Assistant Professor, English
BA, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004
MA, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 and 2012 (expected)
Martha Webber specializes in material rhetoric and composition theory and her research traces the circulation of rhetorics of citizenship across digital divisions in the global North and South. She has recently published an article about the connection between literacy and citizenship in South Africa, "Literacy Intermediaries and the 'Voices of Women' South African National Quilt Project" in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning. In what spare time she finds between teaching, research, and her two Springer Spaniels, she writes creative nonfiction and has published a short essay on her dogs' toenails and the meaning of life in Paper Darts.
At Puget Sound, Martha teaches a first year Writing & Rhetoric Seminar "Travel Writing and the Other" that challenges students to consider the role of travel writing in the production of knowledge about cultures. She also teaches upper division courses in writing and rhetoric, including a History of Rhetorical Theory survey course that concludes with students proposing and enacting "rhetorical interventions" that seek to educate and persuade audiences. Martha has previously taught courses in academic, professional, and creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and for its Education Justice Project at Illinois Danville Correctional Center.