Justine Wells

photo_justine wellsEducation:

  • Ph.D. in Composition & Rhetoric, 2015, University of South Carolina
  • MA in Philosophy, 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS in Psychology, 2003, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA in Philosophy, 2001, College of Charleston


Before discovering rhetoric, I studied psychology and philosophy as an undergraduate and graduate student. After taking some time away from academia to work as a Production Artist for Laserwords Publishing and a Production Editor for the American Library Association, I went on to earn my Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of South Carolina. My interdisciplinary background informs my current efforts to theorize rhetoric’s sensory dimensions, a project I approach by re-engaging the rhetorical tradition with an eye to contemporary food activism. In addition to this work, I am currently co-editing a volume on environmental rhetoric and materiality, and have in-progress essays on Postbellum rhetorics of race and environmentalism. My research and teaching draw on affect theory, (new) materialism, and the entwined histories of rhetoric, philosophy, and ethics.

Contact: jbwells@nmsu.edu or 575-646-5197

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