Tyler Easterbrook

I am an Assistant Professor of English at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where I teach courses in rhetoric and writing. Prior to arriving at Methodist, I earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Anti-Facebook graffiti found in Carrboro, NC. Photo by author (2016).

A rhetorician by trade, I study persuasion and its endless complexities. My primary areas of expertise are social media rhetoric and the politics of misinformation; my dissertation examined social media-based conspiracy theories from 2016-2021. Outside of conspiracy rhetoric specifically, I am invested in the relationship between rhetoric, American politics, and what cultural critic Jia Tolentino has termed the “social internet.” I often joke that my research is about everything I hate about the internet, and while cheeky, the quip largely holds true.

Although I enjoy doing research, teaching is my primary passion. The crown jewel of my graduate studies was being honored with a SUTASA, a university-wide teaching award. At Methodist, I have taught or will teach courses in composition, business writing, and technical writing; in future semesters, I hope to offer new courses on digital rhetoric, writing for social media, and online disinformation and propaganda.

Email: initial of my first name followed by my surname @methodist.edu
Office: Trustees 273
CV: Curriculum Vitae