I study and teach rhetoric and writing in relation to digital spaces and the Internet, focusing on authority and power dynamics within discourse communities. I often use case study, qualitative research, actor-network theory, and critical discourse analysis in my research, and, pedagogically, I favor a modified liberatory and critical model, called critical digital pedagogy (a term that has gained traction among others in the last five years).

I’m completing my PhD in the Rhetoric and Technical and Scientific Communication program at the University of Minnesota. I have taught face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses for the past ~10 years, and I helped establish one of the first digital humanities projects in Minnesota. I taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.

I write for popular media, and I occasionally serve as a communications consultant for a few nonprofits. I have won competitive research and teaching awards in both RU/VH and DRU university settings (explanation of new Carnegie Foundation classifications).

This space serves as an academic, professional, and personal portfolio.

If you have questions about my critical digital pedagogy, my research, or my teaching, please email me.

–Trent M Kays