Bio

Formal Third-Person Bio

Official Headshot 2Trent M Kays is a writer, teacher, digital rhetorician, internet researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.

He is completing his dissertation in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. He was a Graduate Instructor in the aforementioned department’s undergraduate writing program, where he taught a variety of rhetoric and writing intensive courses, and he was a Teaching Fellow for the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where he taught social media and digital literacy courses to adult-returning and retiree students. He is a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

His research primarily interrogates the roles of digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, crowdsourcing, and the Internet in political, cultural, and social movements. His dissertation explores expertise, knowledge production, and crowdsourcing on citizen-data websites.

His work regularly appears in local and national media, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Minnesota Daily, Paleofuture Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation, The New Zealand Herald, and other publications.

He often writes about society, technology, culture, and higher education issues; is an open access advocate and practitioner; and believes academics should work for the community good and be ethical public intellectuals.

He aims to misbehave and wants to change the world.


Informal First-Person Bio

I am a writer, teacher, digital rhetorician, internet researcher, and Assistant Professor at Hampton University. My research primarily interrogates digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, crowdsourcing, and the Internet in political, cultural, and social movements.

I teach a variety of rhetoric and writing intensive courses, and my writing regularly appears in local and national media.

I aim to misbehave.