Patricia Fancher


Office Hours

Winter 18
Monday 5:00-6:00pm
Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm
Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm
and by appointment

Office Location

South Hall 1516


Dr. Patricia Fancher studies and teaches on topics related to rhetoric and composition, especially feminist writing, scientific and technical communication, digital and new media rhetoric and writing.
She also serves as the Director of UCSB's Civic and Professional Leadership Institute and is the Director of Outreach and Digital Media for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.



PhD Clemson University
Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design

August 2014
Dissertation: Chiasmic Rhetoric: Alan Turing at the Intersection of Bodies and Words
Advisers: Steven Katz (Chair), Cynthia Haynes, Diane Perpich, and Travers Scott

MA Georgetown University
Communication, Culture and Technology 

Graduated May 2009

BA Columbia College

Communication and Music (double major)
Graduated May 2005



I am a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara, where I teach courses on writing in STEM, technical writing, and digital rhetoric. I earned her PhD from Clemson University’s Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program. And I earned my MA from Georgetown University. As a teacher and scholar, I am committed to feminist rhetorical practices. I also integrate media design methods into my courses and my scholarly projects.

My research has been published in Enculturation, Peitho Journal, Present Tense, and multiple edited collections. I am very pleased to serve as the Director of Digital Media and Outreach for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. I also serve as the director of UCSB's Civic and Professional Leadership Institute 

I'm from South Carolina. My cat is my most commited and honest critic.

Contact me to learn more about my research and teaching.


(accepted for publication) with Josh Mehler “The Oral History of Isla Vista Archive: Using Soundwriting to Tell Digital Microhistories Soundwriting Pedagogies. Ed. Courtney Danforth and Kyle Stedman.

(forthcoming Spring 2017) “Social Networks as a Powerful Force for Change: Women in the History of Medicine and Computing.” Remembering Women. Ed. Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Helen Gaillet. University of South Carolina Press, 2017. []

 "Embodying Turing’s Machine: Queer, Embodied Rhetorics in the History of Digital Computation." Rhetoric Review (2017): 1-15.

Co-Editor (with Jenn Fishman) and Designer, CFSHRC Feminist Tool Kit, Peitho 18.2, Fall 2016.

“Composing Artificial Intelligence: Performing Whiteness and Masculinity” Present Tense 5.4, Fall 2016 []

 (coauthored with Jenn Fishman) “From Installation to Remediation” Peitho 18.1, Fall 2015. []

Curator and web-developer, CWSHRC New Work Showcase, Published in Peitho 18.1, Fall 2015. []

with Carl Whithaus and Andrew Mara. “Review of Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work by Douglas Coupland” Enculturation 9:2 (2011), 21 December 2011.