- Professor of English; Director of English 100; Affiliate, Asian American Studies
- 6187C Helen C. White Hall
- (608) 263-3367
- E-mail Morris Young
- Composition and Rhetoric, Literacy Studies, Race and Rhetoric, Asian American Literature and Culture
Degrees and InstitutionsPh.D., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, August 1997
M.A., The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, May 1991
B.A., The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (with High Honors), May 1989
Books and Editions
Special Issue. “The Transnational Movement of People and Information.” Literacy in Composition Studies. Co-Editor with Kate Vieira and Rebecca Lorimer Leonard. October 2015.
Stephen Parks, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, Elisabeth Miller, and Morris Young, Eds. The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2013. Clemson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2015.
Mao, LuMing and Morris Young, eds. Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric. Utah State University Press, 2008.
Recipient of Honorable Mention for the 2009 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association of America.
Minor Re/Visions: Asian American Literacy Narratives as a Rhetoric of Citizenship. Studies in Writing and Rhetoric. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2004.
Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).
Recipient of the 2004 W. Ross Winterowd Award for the most outstanding book in composition theory from JAC and the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition.
Articles and Chapters
Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca, Kate Vieira, and Morris Young. “Introduction: Principles of Transnational Inquiry for Literacy in Composition Studies.” “The Transnational Movement of People and Information.” Literacy in Composition Studies. Special Issue (October 2015): vi-xii.
Miller, Elisabeth and Morris Young. Introduction. The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2013. Eds. Stephen Parks, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, Elisabeth Miller, and Morris Young. Clemson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2015.
“Identity.” Keywords in Writing Studies. Eds. Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenburg. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2015. 88-93.
“Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition in the Age of Obama." College English 76.6 (July 2014): 580-586.
“Writing the Life of Henry Obookiah: The Accumulation and Sponsorship of Literacy and Identity.” In Literacy, Economy, and Power. Eds. Julie Nelson Christoph, John Duffy, Nelson Graff, Rebecca S. Nowacek, Bryan Trabold, Eli Goldblatt. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. 2013. 61-78.
“Neither Asian nor American: The Creolization of Asian American Rhetoric.” In Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms. Ed. Suresh Canagarajah. New York and London: Routledge, 2013. 59-69.
“Sponsoring Literacy Studies.” Literacy in Composition Studies 1.1 (2013): 10-14.
“Foreign and Domestic: Gender and the Place(s) of Asian American Rhetoric.” In Narrative, Rhetoric, Race, and Knowledge. Eds. Debra Journet and Beth A. Boehm. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2011. 67-82.
My teaching focuses on race and rhetoric, spatial rhetorics, literacies and identities, writing program administration and assessment, literacy studies, language and literacy politics, the teaching of writing, and Asian American literature and culture.
Scholarship and Current ProjectsMy current book project examines Asian American rhetorical space, focusing specifically on imagined, material, and textual spaces. I am also developing a project that considers Asian American rhetoric and literacy as transnational practices and processes, and beginning work on an anthology to collect primary sources of Asian American rhetoric.
The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2013 represents the result of a nationwide conversation—beginning with journal editors, but expanding to teachers, scholars and workers across the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition—to select essays that showcase the innovative and transformative work now being published in the field's independent journals.
Utah State University Press
MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize Honorable Mention 2009
Despite tremendous growth in attention to and scholarship about Asian Americans and their cultural work, little research has emerged that focuses directly on Asian American rhetoric. Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric addresses this need by examining the systematic, effective use of symbolic resources by Asians and Asian Americans in social, cultural, and political contexts.
Southern Illinois University Press
Through a blend of personal narrative, cultural and literary analysis, and discussions about teaching, Minor Re/Visions: Asian American Literacy Narratives as a Rhetoric of Citizenship shows how people of color use reading and writing to develop and articulate notions of citizenship.