Pritha Prasad

Pritha Prasad, PHD
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 3137


Dr. Prasad’s research broadly explores how antiracist movements and rhetorics have historically shaped rhetoric, writing, and English studies. Her current book in progress, Rematerializing Race/isms: Rhetoric After Ferguson, mobilizes Black feminisms and women of color feminisms to consider how the heightened visibility of racialized violences after the Ferguson Uprising, #BlackLivesMatter, and Trump demand a critical reorientation of rhetoric, writing, and English studies’ intellectual and professional paradigms. Dr. Prasad is also currently co-authoring a second book with Dr. Louis M. Maraj (U. British Columbia) entitled The Benevolent Gaslight: A Technology of Whiteness, a study that explores how U.S. rhetorics of whiteness have systematically and historically situated racial trauma and injury as teaching/learning moments in the teleological pursuit of collective progress. This project explores this phenomenon across humanities disciplines/epistemologies, educational history, university race management, and popular culture.


Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, Ohio State University
M.A. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, Ohio State University
B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Arizona


Rhetorical theory and history, composition theory and history, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, queer studies, cultural theory, digital media studies, and critical university studies


Rhetoric and composition, critical race studies, feminist and queer studies (particularly Black feminisms and queer of color critique), and cultural rhetorics


Dr. Prasad teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical theory and history, composition theory and history, cultural rhetorics, and critical university studies.

Selected Publications

“Coalitional Refusals: Transformative Justice Beyond Repair,” Peitho, vol. 25, no. 4 (Summer 2023 issue). Co-authored with Brynn Fitzsimmons (forthcoming)

“‘I Am Not Your Teaching Moment’: The Benevolent Gaslight and Epistemic Violence,” College Composition and Communication, vol. 74, no. 2, 2023, pp. 322-51. Co-authored with Louis M. Maraj. Winner of the 2023 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Richard Braddock Award.

“Affective Solidarity and Trauma-Informed Possibilities: A Comparative Analysis of the Classroom and the Clinic” in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy (2023), edited by Ernest Stromberg, Routledge. Co-authored with Kriti Prasad (U. Minnesota School of Medicine).

“(Anti)Racist World-Makings in the University: Reinventing Student Work” in Inventing the Discipline: Student Work in Composition Studies (2022), edited by Stacey Waite and Peter W. Moe, Parlor Press.

“Backchannel Pedagogies: Unsettling Racial Teaching Moments and White Futurity” Present Tense, vol. 9, no. 2, 2022.

“‘Coalition is Not a Home’: From Idealized Coalitions to Livable Lives.” Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal, vol. 3, 2021.

“Beyond Rights as Recognition: Black Twitter and Posthuman Coalitional Possibilities,” Prose Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, 2016, pp 50-73.