Phil Bratta

Phil Bratta

About

Hello! Welcome! I'm a Ph.D student in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University. My general research interests are in rhetorics of activism and art, visual rhetorics, rhetorical ecologies, digital writing and technology use, and pedagogy. With an interdisciplinary lens, I often examine the rhetorical connections between broad cultural movements and embodied practices within spaces and places.  


After working as a mechanic for several years, I pursued my BA in Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago. Next, I taught ESL/EFL in Chicago, Peru, and San Diego before returning to academia to receive my MA in English (focus in Composition and Rhetoric) at the University of Florida. While at UF, I taught Technical and Professional Communication and First-Year Composition courses, and then made my way to the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures department at Michigan State University.  As Co-Chair for the 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation!, I worked to create space for the inclusion of various cultural practices in and with higher education. 


I typically find myself drawn and connected to artists, radicals, nomads, and intellectuals. I try to do various manual and intellectual heavy lifting, believing that such practices are good for my becoming. I enjoy conversing, eating, drinking, listening, writing, reading, performing, making, and thinking. I find comfort in wrestling with the impossible, jumping out of planes, and sitting quietly as it rains. At any moment, I may go back to working on cars; or ride a motorcycle west to warm weather and never come back; or join the carnival.