Amy Propen

Assistant Professor

Office Hours

By appointment (Spring 2018)

Office Location

GIRV 1309


Amy Propen teaches courses in rhetoric and professional writing, including Writing About Sustainability, Multimedia Writing, and the Seminar in Document Design and Production. Her research interests focus broadly on visual-material and environmental rhetorics and rhetoric as advocacy.


Amy Propen is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Program, as well as a faculty affiliate of the Center for Information Technology and Society and the Environmental Humanities Initative. She teaches courses in rhetoric and professional writing, including Writing About Sustainability, Multimedia Writing, and the Seminar in Document Design and Production. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota, and also holds a master’s degree in Technical and Professional Writing from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a bachelor's degree in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research interests include visual and material rhetorics, environmental and sustainability rhetorics, digital and posthuman rhetorics, rhetoric and technical communication as advocacy work, classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, animal studies, human geography, critical cartographies, and critical GIS. She is particularly interested in the connections between multimodal technologies, the posthuman, and environmental and marine species conservation.

Her new book, Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene, will be published in fall 2018 with The Ohio State University Press.


Selected Publications

Books and Edited Collections

Propen, Amy D. Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality Series. Forthcoming fall 2018.

Propen, Amy D. and Mary Lay Schuster. Rhetoric and Communication Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Policy and Protocol Through Discourse. New York: Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture, 2017. Print.

Weiss, Dennis, Amy D. Propen, and Colbey Reid, Eds. Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman. Lanham: Lexington Books, Series in Postphenomenology and the Philosophy of Technology, 2014. Print.

Propen, Amy D. Locating Visual-Material Rhetorics: The Map, the Mill, and the GPS. Anderson: Parlor Press, 2012. Print.

Schuster, Mary Lay and Amy D. Propen. Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom: Persuasive Practices in Domestic Violence and Child Protection Cases. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2011. Print.

Articles and Chapters

Propen, Amy D. “Technologies of Mediation and the Borders and Boundaries of Human-Nonhuman Animal Relationships in Marine Species Advocacy.” Rhetoric Across Borders. Ed. Anne Teresa Demo. Anderson: Parlor Press, 2015. 213-224.

Propen, Amy D. “Open Data, Environmental Conservation, and the Digital Humanities: Mapping the Mangroves.” The CCCC-IP Annual. Web. June 2015.

Schuster, Mary Lay and Amy D. Propen. “Expanding Our Understanding of Kairos: Tracing Moral Panic and Risk Perception in the Debate over the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 45.1 (2015): 3-30.

Propen, Amy D. “The Rhetorical Work of the GPS: Geographic Knowledge-Making and the Technologically-Mediated Body.” Design, Mediation, and the Posthuman. Ed. Dennis Weiss, Amy Propen, and Colbey Reid. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. 23-40.

Propen, Amy D. “‘I Have Sometimes Seen the White Cloth Winding over the Rollers … And I Have Thought it Beautiful': Reading the Mill Girls’ Narratives as Artifacts of Material Rhetoric.” Material Culture Review. Spring/Fall (2013): 107-122.

Propen, Amy D. “Reading the Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Toward a Visual-Material Rhetorics of Environmental Advocacy.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place. Ed. Peter Goggin. New York: Routledge, 2013. 127-142.

Propen, Amy D. and Mary Lay Schuster. “Understanding Genre through the Lens of Advocacy: The Rhetorical Work of the Victim Impact Statement.” Written Communication. 27.1 (2010): 3-35. Winner of 2010 John R. Hayes Award for Excellence in Writing Research.

Schuster, Mary Lay and Amy Propen. “Victim Impact Statements and the Domestic Violence Victim: Judicial Responses to Emotion in the Courtroom.” Law, Culture & the Humanities. 6.1 (2010): 75-104.

Propen, Amy D. “Cartographic Representation and the Construction of Lived Worlds: Understanding Cartographic Practice as Embodied Knowledge.” Rethinking Maps: New Frontiers in Cartographic Theory. Ed. Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin, and Chris Perkins. New York: Routledge, 2009. 113-130.

Propen, Amy and Mary Lay Schuster. “Making Academic Work Advocacy Work: Technologies of Power in the Public Arena.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Special Issue: Business and Technical Communication in the Public Sphere. 22.3 (2008): 299-329.

Propen, Amy. “Visual Communication and the Map: How Maps as Visual Objects Convey Meaning in Specific Contexts.” Technical Communication Quarterly. 16.2 (2007): 233-254.

Propen, Amy. “Critical GPS: Toward a New Politics of Location.” ACME: An International E-Journal of Critical Geographies. Special Issue: Critical Cartographies. 4.1 (2005): 131-144.