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RESEARCH

TEACHING

christopher Garland

Assistant Professor of Writing 

Department of English

University of Southern Mississippi



My most recent academic publications include an article in the Journal of Social and Economic Research titled “The Visual Rhetoric of Service Tourism in Post-Earthquake Haiti.” Other recent articles include an essay in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies titled “Haiti, Vodou, and the Specter of Crisis in The Serpent and the Rainbow” and the article “Port-au-Prince is New Orleans: Race, Space, and the Spectacle of Suffering” in Writing Visual Culture. Alongside my academic research and writing, for the last two years I have been a staff writer for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation’s official editorial publication, GoNOLA.com, where I write about New Orleans culture (and take photos of food and other things). In the past I have written for print and digital publications like Nylon, The New Zealand Herald, and Inside Higher Ed, amongst other outlets. 


At Southern Miss I have had the opportunity to design my own undergraduate and graduate courses that have incorporated professional writing, visual rhetoric, film, and critical theory. In this role, I have also been responsible for the implementation of a new upper-division undergraduate writing class that will allow students to further their research and writing toolkit. Additionally, I hold a leadership position overseeing the instructors who teach our professional writing courses. Moreover, I have taught a freshman honor's course focused on rhetorical analysis of representations of post-Katrina New Orleans, an upper division course on the visual rhetoric of death and dying, and a graduate seminar on visions of the Global South.  Using my own professional writing experiences as a platform for teaching, I am committed to helping student writers develop their own work (produced in and outside the classroom).