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Brice Nordquist

Brice Nordquist

Brice Nordquist

Associate Professor and Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement


Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
316 Tolley Humanities Building
Office: 315.443.1091


Ph.D., University of Louisville.

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Research and Scholarship

I am a community-engaged writing and literacy researcher and teacher. I work through ethnographic and participatory research and public arts and humanities projects to study and support students’ movements across contexts of learning and stages of education. I am the co-founder and co-director of the Narratio Fellowship, a storytelling and educational pipeline program for resettled refugee youth, and the founder and director of the College of Arts & Sciences’s Engaged Humanities Network , which seeds, supports, and fosters exchanges across publicly-engaged research, teaching, and creative projects in pursuit of more inclusive, interconnected, and just communities and institutions.

My book, Literacy & Mobility (Routledge), received the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication Advancement of Knowledge Award, presented annually for the empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances writing studies. The book follows first-generation college students from different tracks of English in a public high school through their first years at research universities, community colleges, and full-time jobs to show how they draw upon multiple literacies and linguistic resources to both accommodate and transform conventions of reading and writing.


I teach public and place-based writing and rhetoric courses that ask students to reflect on and critique ideologies of language and literacy and the ways in which these inform everyday practices, identities, communities, and power relations. I also teach publicly engaged humanities courses that theorize community-engaged scholarship and creative work and that engage participatory, action-based methodologies for research, coalition building, and collective action.

Current and Future Courses:

WRT 105 Introduction to College Writing: Composing College and Career (FA 14)

WRT 255 Advanced Argumentative Writing (FA 16)

WRT 303 Research Writing: Working Literacy in the Archives (SP 16)

WRT 308 Style: Dynamic Elements of Style (SP 16)

WRT 400 Writing, Transportation, Justice (SU 16)

WRT 424 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Identity: Writing Self and Space (SP 15)

WRT 424 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Identity: Trajectories of Writing (SP 17)

WRT 426 Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technology: Rhetorics of Futurity: Utopia, Science Fiction, and City Planning (SP 17)

WRT 428 Studies in Composition, Rhetoric and Literacy: Reading-Writing Networks (FA 14)

WRT 440 Studies in the Politics of Language and Writing: (Un)Doing English (FA 15)

CCR 635 Advanced Research Practices (FA 17)

CCR 651 Language, Literacy, and Mobility (FA 15)

CCR 760 Advanced Studies in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric: Ethnography of Literacy: Mobility, Complexity, Materiality (SP 15)

Engaged Humanities Network Holds Showcase Highlighting Collaborative Community Work

(May 9, 2024)

The inaugural event at the Salt City Market included presentations and demonstrations by students, faculty and community members from over 20 different departments and organizations across Syracuse University and Central New York.

Engaged Courses Initiative Fosters Social Impact Through Community Work

(Feb. 23, 2024)

The inaugural cohort of Engaged Courses unites diverse fields, communities and perspectives within the College of Arts and Sciences and beyond.

Grants from the Engaged Humanities Network Support 11 Community-Oriented Projects

(Sept. 21, 2023)

The interdisciplinary projects, which include faculty and students from schools, colleges and units across Syracuse University, explore a range of contemporary topics such as environmental justice, Indigenous language preservation and fermentation.

Uniting the Community in the Pursuit of Environmental Justice

(March 28, 2023)

The Environmental Storytelling Series of CNY brings together faculty, students and local community partners to address the climate crisis through creative outlets.

Expanding Creative Opportunities for Resettled Refugee Youth

(Aug. 28, 2022)

The Narratio Fellowship hosts two separate cohorts, connecting students in Syracuse, NY, and Richmond, Virginia.

Supporting a Pathway to Success for Resettled Refugee Youth in CNY

(July 29, 2022)

A CNY Community Foundation grant helps expand programming through the Engaged Humanities Network and North Side Learning Center.

Integrating Research and Community Engagement

(Nov. 5, 2021)

The Engaged Humanities Network awards five mini-grants to students and faculty at Syracuse University for community-engaged projects.

Narratio Fellows Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Poetry and Photography

(Aug. 5, 2021)

Narratio Fellowship partners with National Geographic and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to help CNY-area refugees, including SU students, express themselves on the world stage.

Remote Tutoring Program Offers a Valuable Virtual Learning Experience for K-12 and Early College Students in CNY

(Feb. 3, 2021)

The program has connected over 200 students with tutors and workshop leaders from around the country.

Narratio Fellowship Receives Support from Humanities New York

(July 15, 2020)

HNY grant will help fund resettled refugee youth fellows’ production of autobiographical films about life during the pandemic and the pursuit of social justice.

Brice Nordquist Named Dean's Professor of Community Engagement

(May 1, 2020)

Nordquist will lead humanities-related community engagement initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Literacy and Mobility

(June 15, 2017)

Bryce Nordquist’s new book based on three-year study