Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis, Ph.D.

Professor, English

Fields: Creative writing, rhetoric and poetics, Presidential rhetoric, rhetoric of literature, rhetoric of war, rhetorical theory, Burkean studies
B.A. in English literature (minor in Spanish), College St. Scholastica; M.A. in English rhetoric, composition and TESOL, St.Cloud State; M.A. in theatre, SU of New York at Albany; Ph.D. in rhetoric, composition and English (RCTE), University of Arizona

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"I would like students to take away from my classes that writing is one of the ultimate arts in self-expression. It is a serious means of finding communion with humanity. Write what you like to write, write often and with purpose and you may find yourself more in sync with the human planet."

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. She is Director of the Writing Center and writing minor and is faculty in the English department. Nathalie has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and two Masters degrees, one in Theatre, and the other in English with an emphasis in TESL. Nathalie is passionate about teaching writing and her area of expertise includes rhetorical theory and criticism, political rhetoric, the rhetoric of war, the ethics of discourse and Greek tragedy. In her research, she specializes in presidential rhetoric and draws on investigative research methods to conduct critical discourse analysis of post 9-11 public government documents. At Saint Martin’s, Nathalie teaches academic writing, journalism and creative writing.  In addition to her scholarly accomplishments, she is a published poet. Nathalie is now pursuing guitar lessons in order to compose original music for the classical guitar.


2016 - Poems, “The Dandy Gorilla,” and “Hydraulic Frolicking,” THAT Literary Review.

2016 - Poem, “Ozone Smoking,” Dark Matter: A Journal of Speculative Writing. Issue 8.

2016 - Chapter titled “Invisible Scapegoats, Invisible Victims: President Obama’s Rhetoric of 21st Century Wars” in EAAS conference volume titled, America; Justice, Conflict, War. Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universitatsverlag, 2016.

2015 - Political commentary. “Field notes from Olympia: the ever elusive ‘public good.’ Crosscut. March 4.

2015 - Poem titled, “Awakenings,” Penny Ante Feud 16: Poor Bird (volume 16).

2014 - “The War Syllogism in American Presidential Rhetoric.” CounterPunch March 27.

2014 - Book chapter. "Keep[ing] profits at a reasonable low rate:' Invoking American Civil Religion in FDR's Rhetoric of Tax Equity and Citizenship” in Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship: Rhetoric in Society edited by Christian Kock and Lisa Villadsen. Leiden University Press. 2014. Print.

2014 - Poem titled, “Osama,” OccuPoetry. October issue 4.

2014 - Poems titled, “Tickle-down Economics,” “The Bottom Line” The Social Policy Magazine. Fall 2014.

Professional links:

Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association

Rhetoric resources:

Rhetoric Africa
K.B. Journal
George Lakoff
Maurice Charland, Concordia University
American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry
Presidential Rhetoric
The Internet Classics Archive
The Forest of Rhetoric

Professional associations/memberships

Association of Writers and Writing Program
Kenneth Burke Society
American Studies Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Olympia Poetry Network board member
Olympia Songwriter’s Circle


Dr. Kuroiwa-Lewis was a nominee for the Outstanding Faculty Member award of 2013-2014. She is a firm believer in social justice and was an instrumental force in reviving the student newspaper, “The Belltower,” developing the first sustainable newspaper on campus. She also successfully advocating for increased allocations for faculty for faculty research. She created the Writing minor and now directs the minor and is currently director of the Writing Center.

Areas of interest

Creative writing; rhetorical theory and criticism, rhetoric of war; rhetoric of ethics and pacifism, political and economic rhetoric; environmental rhetoric, media rhetoric; classical rhetoric; trauma and sacrifice in Greek classic literature and renaissance and contemporary literature; investigative journalism; Burkean studies, rhetoric of protest music.