Christian Pulver

Christian PulverAssociate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

Contact Information

401-254-5663cpulver@rwu.eduGlobal Heritage Hall 239

Areas of Expertise

Information economies; history of literacy and rhetoric; composition pedagogy; Marxist cultural theory; visual rhetoric and design.

 Christian PulverMr. Pulver was born under the shadow of Denali and raised by a family of wolves. After one winter too many and one meal too few, he broke from the pack driving a Nissan Sentra and headed east to Boston. His intention, so he claims, was to go to the “big city” and “find himself” not realizing he could have stopped in Seattle, Chicago, or any number of big cities on his way East. He has spent the last fifteen years living in New York and New England.

Mr. Pulver received his M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a masters student he studied literature, composition, and cultural theory. His master’s thesis explored the theoretical and practical concerns associated with building online writing applications specifically designed to teach digital literacies.

After completing his M.A., Mr. Pulver began living a double life. By day, he taught first-year writing and worked as a consultant helping faculty integrate new technologies into their teaching. But by night, he began to have delusions that he should dust off his trumpet and start a jazz band. Fortunately for him, and for those that heard him play, he decided to return to academia and pursue a doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition.

Although there is a striking resemblance between the photo above and Mr. Pulver (the beak and arms), this is not a picture of the man. The image is of Thoth, the Egyptian god of knowledge, wisdom, and writing. Mr. Pulver has been known, on occasion, to petition Thoth at 3am, asking for insight into the history of writing technologies, Marxian approaches to literacy and digital culture, visual rhetorics, writing and memory, and ecological literacy.

Mr. Pulver joined his new pack at the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition in the fall of 2014.