Title and discipline: associate professor,
Office location: O'Grady L-3
Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis is an Associate Professor
of English at Saint Martin's University. She
received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and
the Teaching of English from the University of
Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 2007. A theatre and
travel enthusiast, she also has a Masters degree in
Theatre and a Masters degree in English with an
emphasis in TESL and has taught abroad in both Japan
and the Czech Republic.
Nathalie is passionate about teaching rhetoric
and composition and exploring the relationship
between civic discourse and social justice in her
classes. Nathalie teaches journalism and writing
classes for the Writing Minor as well as first year
composition. In her writing courses, Nathalie
uses her expertise in rhetorical theory and
criticism to teach students how to write and
research ethical topics such as war, land, energy
and public health.
In one course, for example, Nathalie developed
the political rhetoric project and asked students to
create a political rhetoric glossary by identifying
key political terms and defining and explaining how
these terms fit within larger political contexts.
Students then wrote an explanatory report analyzing
the communicative role that words play in framing
In another course that she co-taught with
Anthropologist, Dr. David Price, Nathalie
asked students to write a collaborative
investigative report on funding for Enduring
Presence Posts in the 2009 omnibus bill.
Part detective/ part investigative researcher,
and part corrective comedian, Nathalie enjoys
teaching and doing administrative work and
uncovering the mysteries of how things operate.
She is the Director of the Writing Center and has
also developed and now oversees the Writing Minor.
She revived the student newspaper, "The Belltower,"
developing the first sustainable newspaper on
campus. She chairs the Faculty Development
Committee and has also worked closely with faculty
and the administration and successfully advocated
for a substantial increase in faculty development
funding for faculty research.
Concerned with the problem of trauma and violence
in public life, and drawn by the wisdom of the
ancients, Nathalie merged Greek tragedy with
contemporary rhetorical theory while examining the
aftermath of national tragedy when hijacked planes
slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade
Center. The result was a dissertation on the
rhetoric of the War on Terror in Iraq. Nathalie's
preoccupation with Greek tragedy and the rhetoric of
war has led to an ever deepening interest on the
cycle of victimage and the scapegoating of the Other
in language use. Nathalie pursues these
interests through papers she presents at national
and international conferences. She is
currently revising these papers for consideration
for publication. In her spare time, Nathalie also
enjoys writing poems, plays and short stories.
Nathalie lives in Olympia, WA with her husband
and daughter. An ardent exercise enthusiast, she
enjoys swimming, hiking and biking surrounded by the
looming evergreen trees and spacious skies of the
Pacific Northwest. A fluent French speaker,
Nathalie lived in Quebec city during the summers of
her childhood and she occasionally makes her way
back to Quebec to visit family and friends.
Areas of interest (professional / personal): Dr.
Kuroiwa-Lewis' research interests include Burkean studies,
dramatism, classical and contemporary rhetoric, rhetoric of fiction,
rhetoric of the media, journalism, political rhetoric, literary
theory and American, British and world literature. She has taught in
Japan, the Czech Republic and the the United States.
Recent works in progress:
"'Keep[ing] profits at a reasonable low rate:' Public moral
argument in FDR's rhetoric of tax equity and citizenship"
"Charasmatic Victimage in Obama's Rhetoric of War in
A Cupcake Rules the World
Mother with Child
What Milton Said
Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Conference on College
Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association
Charland, Concordia University
for the History of Rhetoric
Project on Rhetoric of
The Forest of Rhetoric
Education: B.A., College of St. Scholastica;
M.A., SUNY at Albany; M.A., St. Cloud University; Ph.D.,
University of Arizona