Steven LeMieux

I'm a PhD candidate in English with a focus on rhetoric and writing at The University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation, Parasitic Rhetorics | Rhetorical Parasites, positions rhetoric within the logic of the parasite, an internal alterity whose function is interruption, in order to question how rhetoric functions from within a diverse set of inseparable relations. I take up human/earth relations through climate change, human/animal relations through the cat parasite toxoplasma gondii, and human/technology relations through plagiarism.

During my time at UT I've taught in both the Department of Rhetoric & Writing and the Department of English. Most recently, the classes that I have taught have focused on rhetoric, technology, and climate change. For the past five years I have worked in the Digital Writing and Research Lab, and for the last two years served as an Assistant Director of that lab. My time at the DWRL has been a crucial part of my education, and it has strongly influenced both my traditional and practice-based research. As an assistant director I helped reshape and oversee the broad direction of the lab as well as its underlying structure.

I received an MA in English from the University of Florida. While at UF, I taught courses in technical writing, composition, and media studies. I received BAs in English and Philosophy from Southwestern University.

I am currently on fellowship while I finish my dissertation. My wife, our two cats, and I live in San Francisco. After more than 20 years in Texas, the fog is wonderful.


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