Tyler Easterbrook

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Composition, Communication, and Rhetoric at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Prior to arriving at Methodist, I earned my PhD in 2021 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I wrote a dissertation (directed by Jordynn Jack) on social media-based conspiracy theories from 2016-2021.

A rhetorician by trade, I study persuasion and its endless complexities. My primary area of expertise is conspiracy rhetoric and other forms of digital misinformation. My research on the rhetorical work of link rot within conspiracy theories was recently published in M/C Journal, and I’m currently revising another article for publication on the visual rhetorical strategies of conspiracy theorists. Beyond conspiracy rhetoric specifically, my work interrogates the broader relationship between rhetoric, American politics, and what cultural critic Jia Tolentino has described as the “social internet.” I often joke that I study everything I hate about the internet, and while cheeky, the quip largely holds true.

Outside of my research, I enjoy teaching courses in technical writing, business writing, and composition; the crown jewel of my graduate studies was being honored with a university-wide teaching award. In future semesters at Methodist, I hope to offer new courses on digital rhetoric, visual rhetoric, writing for social media, and online misinformation.

Email: initial of my first name followed by my surname @methodist.edu
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