Tyler Easterbrook

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Composition, Communication, and Rhetoric at Methodist University and a faculty affiliate at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life. I received my PhD in 2021 from UNC, where I wrote a dissertation 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 preparing 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 am an award-winning teacher of rhetoric and composition courses ranging from technical and business writing to first-year composition. My pedagogy emphasizes the development of flexible writing and research skills informed by the profound conceptual landscape of rhetorical thought. I am currently developing a new course, Media and Mis/Disinformation, to be offered in spring 2023.

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