Alexander Reid

Associate Professor
English Department
University at Buffalo


 Ph.D. Writing, Teaching, and Criticism, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY

M.A. English, concentration in Creative Writing-Poetry, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

B.A. English/History, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


  • 2009-Present Associate Professor, English Department, University at Buffalo
  • 2004-2009 Associate Professor of English and Professional Writing, SUNY Cortland
  • 2001-2004 Assistant Professor of English and Professional Writing, SUNY Cortland
  • 1999-2001 Assistant Professor of Humanities and Writing, Penn State Capital College


Article selected for Best of Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2011 for “Exposing Assemblages: Unlikely Communities of Digital Scholarship, Video, and Social Networks.”

John Lovas Memorial Academic Weblog Award for Digital Digs (, May 2008

Honorable Mention, W. Ross Winterowd Award for Best Book in Composition Theory for The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition, April 2008

Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA


Center for Excellence in Writing” 3E’s Grant. Awarded March 2012. with Arabella Lyon, Cristanne Miller, and others.

“Gray Literature and Debates in the Digital Humanities” DHIB Fellows Grant. Awarded January 2012. $5090

Humanities Gaming Institute. University of South Carolina, June 7th-25th. Awarded April 2010. $2000 stipend.

“Serious Play and the Cravens Collection.” DHIB Working Group. with Peter F. Biehl, Martin Danahay, Kevin Kee, Roy Roussel and Sarah A. Robert. Awarded January 2010 and December 2010. $4500 and $3500.



The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2007.

Edited Collection

Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Professional Writing Programs.  with David Franke and Anthony Di Renzo. West Lafayette, IN: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010.


  • “The Prospects and Regrets of an EdTech Gold Rush.”  MOOCs and their Afterlives. Ed. Elizabeth Losh. University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • “Big Data Assemblies: Composing’s Nonhuman Ecology”Assembling Composition Eds. Kathleen Blake Yancey and Stephen J. McElroy. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University 2017, 26-41.
  • “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric” Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities edited by Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015, 15-20.
  • “The Activity of Writing: Affinity and Affect in Composition” First-Year Composition: From Theory to Practice edited by Deborah Coxwell-Teague and Ron Lunsford. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press 2014, 184-210.
  • “Writing and Learning with Feedback Machines.” Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses Ed. Steven D. Krause and Charles Lowe. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2014. 204-211.
  • “Graduate Education and the Ethics of the Digital Humanities.” Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ed. Matthew Gold. Ann Arbor, MI: U of MI Press, 2012.
  • “What is Object-Oriented Rhetoric?” Itineration “Big Ideas” (2012):
  • “Composing Objects” Enculturation 14 (2012):
  • “Exposing Assemblages: Unlikely Communities of Digital Scholarship, Video, and Social Networks.” Enculturation. 8 (2010):
  • “Exposing Assemblages” Reprinted in The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2011. ed. by Steve Parks, Brenda Glascott, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, and Stacey Waite. Parlor Press, 2013.
  • “Composing Games: An Object-Oriented Approach.” 21st-Century Literature (2011): 30-42.
  • ”Social Media Assemblages in Digital Humanities: From Backchannel to Buzz.” Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media Ed. Charles Wankel. Bingley UK: Emerald, 2011. 321-338.
  • “The Write Brain: Professional Writing in the Post-Knowledge Economy” in Design Discourse:
  • Composing and Revising Professional Writing Programs. Eds by David Franke, Alex Reid, and Anthony Di Renzo. West Lafayette, IN: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010. 254-273.
  • “Miscellanea U: Post-disciplinary Networks in Social Media.” On the Horizon 17.3 (2009): 190-196.
  • “Social media, public pedagogy, and the end of private learning” invited submission for Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning beyond Schooling Eds. by Jennifer A. Sandlin, Brian D. Schultz, and Jake Burdick. New York, NY: Routledge, 2009. 194-200.
  • “Portable Composition: iTunes University and Networked Pedagogies” Computers and Composition. 25 (2008) 61–78.
  • “Tuning In: Infusing Media Networks into Professional Writing Curriculum” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 12(1) (2008):
  • “Virtual Haunts: Learning to Live Finally (with New Media)” in Techknowledgies: New Cultural
  • Imaginaries in the Humanities, Arts, & TechnoSciences. Eds Mary Valentis, Tara Needham, and PaulaYablonsky. Newcastle, UK:  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 28-38.
  • “An Experimental Ph.d Program: Problems and Possibilities.” With Ann Green. In Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric And Composition  Eds.Virginia Anderson,and Susan Romano. Hampton Press, 2005. 43-60.
  • “New Media’s Long History and Global Future: Incorporating Technology into a Professional
  • Writing Program.” Kairos: A Journal of  Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.  8.1 (2003):
  • “Panoptic Technologies and their Machinic Becomings.”  Culture Machine 3 (2001).
  • “Free Action or Resistance: Cultural Critique in the Classroom.” Theory & Event 4.3 (2000).

Review Articles

“iTunes University.” Kairos: A Journal of  Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 11(2) (2007).

“Fingering Prefiguring.” EBR: Electronic Book Review. 2004. http://www.electronicbookreview. com/thread/criticalecologies/tempered


Figure/Ground Communication (2012)

Currents in Electronic Literacy. (2012)


“Why Blog? Searching for Writing on the Web.” (Textbook chapter) Writing Spaces, Eds Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Parlor Press, West Lafayette, IN.

Works in Progress

A New Materialist Digital Rhetoric  (Book Project). 


Invited/Featured Speaker

  • “Composing with Deliberate Speed: Writing Humanity’s Future Sensorium.” March 2017. University of Florida Digital Assembly Symposium.
  • “Composing with Deliberate Speed: Writing Future Digital Publics.” March 2016. Keynote. University of Connecticut Teaching of Writing Conference.
  • “Reading with a Joystick: 21st-century Literacy,” April 2015, Invited Speaker, St. Bonaventure University
  • “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric,” March 2015, Digital Structure of Feeling, Buffalo, NY
  • “Digital Media in Composition” April 2014, Invited Speaker, Buffalo State College
  • “Building Bridges between Digital Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities,” April 2013, Invited Speaker, Suffolk County Community College
  • “Composing Objects.” May 2012, Keynote Address, Computers and Writing Conference, Raleigh, NC
  • “Writing’s short term: working memory.” 10 February 2012, Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • “Object-Oriented Rhetoric in the Digital Humanities.” 2 March 2011, Digital Media at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • “Miscellanea U: Post-disciplinary networks in social media.” 26 February 2009, SUNY Online Learning Summit, Syracuse, NY


  • “Composing with deliberate speed: writing humanity’s future sensorium,” May 2016, Computers and Writing, Rochester, NY
  • “Building a Campus Culture of Writing,” October 2014, SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Syracuse, NY
  • “Metanoia: Progress and Regret,” April 2013, Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory Conference, Toronto.
  • “Establishing Digital Composing in FYC.” March 2013, SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Buffalo, NY
  • “Social Media and Scholarship: The State of Middle-State Publishing.” January 2013, MLA, Boston, MA.
  • “Smartphone Parliament.” May 2012, Rhetoric Society of America, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Minimal Rhetoric.” March 2012, Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO
  • “Digital humanities and an object-oriented democracy.” January 2012, Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA
  • “Composing Games: An Object-Oriented Approach” 19 May 2011, Computers and Writing, Ann Arbor, MI
  • “Designing education: What video game designers and rhetoricians can learn from each other.” 7 April 2011, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA
  • 10,000 Years of Virtual Composition.” May 2010, Computers and Writing, West Lafayette, IN
  • “The Essay is Dead; Long Live the Essay” March 2010, SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Binghamton, NY
  • “The Futurity of the Archive: Remix and Catastrophe,”  18 March 2010, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY
  • “Compositional Computations: Experimenting with Mobile Phone Networks,” 14 March 2009, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA
  • “Open Access Pedagogy:  Digital Composition in the Public Sphere,” 23 May 2008, Computers and Writing, Athens, GA
  • “Authorship And Research In Web 2.0 Publication,” 28 May 2008, Conference on Information Technologies, Batavia, NY
  • “Networked Composition and Public Pedagogy” 11 April 2008, North East MLA, Buffalo, NY
  • “Attention Rhetoric: iTunes University and the End of the Sequestered-Semester.” 18 May 2007, Computers and Writing Conference, Detroit
  • “’But I Love Literature:’ Media Networks and Disciplinary Values in English Education.” With Karen Stearns. May 2007, Conference on Information Technologies, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • “Assessing Writing in an Age of Mobile, Convergent Media.” 21 April 2007t, SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Albany, NY
  • “Public and Portable Pedagogy: iTunes University and New Media Materiality.” 24 March 2007, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York
  • “Virtual Haunts: To Learn to Life Finally (with New Media),”  16 April 2005, Center for the Humanities and Technosciences Conference, Albany, NY
  • “New Media: How and Why” May 2003. Computers and Writing Online
  • “Student Writing at the Center of a Professional Writing Program.” March, 2003. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, New York
  • “Writing as a Global Phenomenon.” November, 2003. Engaging Philosophy, SUNY-Cortland, NY
  • “The Virtual and the Visible: Whiteness in Electronic Discourse.” April, 2001. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver.
  • “Panoptics to ‘Cyber-optics:’ Media and Control in eXistenZ” October, 2000. Society for Literature and Science Conference, Atlanta
  • “Technologies for Goals, Goals for Technologies: Instituting an electronic writing program.” April, 2000. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis
  • “Resistance or Opposition: Post-structural Agency in the Cultural Studies Classroom.” April, 2000. Human Sciences Conference, Washington D.C.
  • “Killing English with Technology.” Panel Chair and Respondent. December, 1998. Modern Language Assoc. Conference, San Francisco
  • “Machinehead: Technofascism and Border Subjectivity.” November, 1998. Society for Literature and Science, Gainesville, FL
  • “Virtual Prognosis: the Production of the Hypertext Conscious.” December, 1997. Modern Language Assoc. Conference, Toronto
  • “Computers and the Anti-Fascist Classroom.”  April, 1997. NorthEast Modern Language Assoc. Conference, Philadelphia
  • “New Lies about the Writing Classroom.”  March, 1996. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee


University at Buffalo

ENG 653: Critical Theory

ENG 585: Digital Research/Pedagogy

ENG 599: Practicum in Teaching

ENG 399: Journalism

ENG 380: New Media

ENG 201: Writing II

ENG 101: Writing I

SUNY Cortland

Internship in Professional Writing

Experiments in Creative Writing

Contemporary Poetics

Advanced Creative Writing Workshop


Writing for Online Publication

Technical Writing

Writing in Cyberspace II

Writing Fiction

Writing in Cyberspace I/Writing in the Digital Age

Seminar in Literary Criticism

Special Topics: Cyberpunk Literature

Computers and the Study of English


Computers in the English Classroom

Creative Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Literature

Academic Writing II

Academic Writing I

Penn State Capital College

Writing in the Humanities

Rhetoric and Composition

Introduction to Creative Writing

Business Writing

Georgia Institute of Technology

Introduction to Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies of Science and Technology

Public and Professional Speaking.

Technical and Professional Writing

SUNY Albany

Poetics Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

Growing Up in America

Reading Literature

Reading Prose Fiction

Reading Drama

New Mexico State University

Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Freshman Composition



2010-Present Editorial Board, Present Tense

2010-Present Editorial Board, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

2009-Present Reviewer, Rhetoric Review

2008-Present Reviewer, Enculturation

2008-Present Reviewer, College Composition and Communication

2008-2010 Co-editor of Praxis section of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy

2008-2009 Consultant, Seven Valleys Writing Project (NWP Site)

2003-2009 Technical Advisory Board, Wagadu

2004                 Conference Director, Central New York Conference on Language and Literatur

University at Buffalo

2014 Communicative Literacy General Education Working Group, Chair

2014 General Education Steering Committee

2014 Integrative Learning General Education Working Group

2013 General Education Cmte

2013-Present Digital Scholarship and Cultures Cmte

2012-2013 Center for Excellence in Writing Implementation Cmte

2011-2012 Middle StatesWorking Team 5: Educational Programs, General Education, and

Related Educational Activities

2011-Present Summer Taskforce Cmte, College of Arts and Sciences

2010-Present English Department Executive Cmte

2010-Present English Department Graduate Cmte

2010-Present English Department Summer/Literature Cmte.

2009-Present English Department Composition Cmte.

2009-2012 Digital Humanities Steering Cmte.

SUNY Cortland

2007-2008 Blue Ribbon Composition Program Redesign Cmte., English Department

2006-2009t Director, Professional Writing Program, English Department

2006-2009 College Assessment Committee

2006-2007 Editor, The Cortland Cause

2003-2009 Consultant, NeoVox (

2003-2009 IR Faculty Liaison, Information Resources Committee

2001-2009 Professional Writing Committee, English Department,

2001-2009 Faculty Advisor, Cortland Writers Association

2003-2004 Chair, Personnel Committee, English Department

2002-2004 Chair (2002), Curriculum Committee, English Department

2002-2004 Assessment Committee, English Department

2001-2003 Uniplanet Steering Committee

Penn State Capital College

2000-2001 Academic Affairs Committee

2000-2001 Intercampus Issues Committee

2000 Technology Strategic Planning Committee

Georgia Tech

1998-1999 Writing Committee

1998-1999 Freshman Partner

SUNY Albany

1995-1997 Editor, the little magazine

1996 Writing Sequence Committee

1996 Faculty Advisory Committee

New Mexico St.

1992-1994 Associate Editor, Puerto del Sol


Modern Language Association

National Council of Teachers of English

Council of Writing Program Administrators

United University Professions

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