Ruby Kirk Nancy

Ruby Kirk Nancy

Title: Graduate Assistant
Office: Bate 2026
Phone: 252.328.6578


Ruby Nancy is a third-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric, Writing, & Professional Communication. Her work focuses on genre-fluid writing strategies, queer intersectional feminist rhetorics, and social justice work related to race and economic class.

She recently earned a graduate certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures from ECU and was an assistant to the host committee for Console-ing Passions, an international academic conference on gender, sexuality, and media studies. She is the Digital Media Coordinator for DESO (the Doctoral English Student Organization) and a member of the executive board of Omicron Delta Kappa (the national leadership honor society), and holds memberships in Pi Alpha Alpha (the global honor society for public affairs and administration) and in Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society).

Prior to coming to East Carolina University, Ms. Nancy taught basic writing and composition courses at Muscatine Community College, where she also organized and chaired the English Department's first-ever academic conference. Ms. Nancy has a varied work history, including consulting ministry at a Unitarian Universalist congregation, producing entertainment for an LGBTQ pride festival and for a benefit concert series, community activism, parenting skills mentoring, owning a café, professional and community theater, and journalism. Her entire adult life has been shaped by the power of language and by her personal Unitarian Universalist values.


Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, East Carolina University
M.A., English, Western Illinois University
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Professional Writing, Western Illinois University
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Writing, Western Illinois University
M.P.A., Executive Development, Drake University

B.A., Speech and Dramatic Art, Mercer University

Research Interests

queer intersectional feminist rhetorics
social justice and public policy rhetorics
genre-fluid writing strategies
rhetorics of dress and adornment

Courses Taught

ENGL 3880: Writing for Business and Industry
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Be Like Alice: Multi-Genre Writing as an Intersectional Feminist Rhetorical Strategy for Amplifying Activism.” (forthcoming). Feminisms and Rhetorics. Dayton, Ohio. October 2017.

“The Cheetah Girls as Nice Nurses: How Media Influences Children’s Perceptions of Nursing Professionals.” Console-ing Passions. East Carolina University. July 27-29, 2017.

“Cultural Rhetorics for a Cause: Remixing Technical and Professional Communication for Intersectional Activists.” (2017). Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Symposium. North Carolina State University.

Nancy, R. K. (2017). Review of Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution, by Jo B. Paoletti. The Journal of American Culture, 40(1), 104-105.

“Audre and Gloria Made Me Do It: Queering Genres, Translinguality, and Multivocality in Writing Studies Scholarship.” (2017). Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, Oregon. Grant awarded through the Doctoral English Student Organization.

 “Beyond the Classroom and Campus: Disciplinary Writing for Business and Communication.” (2016). Annual Conference of the Association for Business Communication. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grant awarded through the Association for Business Communication.

"Resisting Traditional Notions of Mentoring: Queer Stories of Reciprocity and Integration." (2016). [Roundtable with Matthew B. Cox, Katie Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith.] Cultural Rhetorics Conference. Michigan State University.

"The 'Reality' of Adornment: (De/Re)Constructing Identity Through Rhetorical Presentation." (2016). Theorising the Popular [conference]. Liverpool Hope University, England, UK.

"'Is She or Isn't She?' Matters After All: Queerness and Multiplicity as Invisibility in Toni Morrison's Sula." (2016). The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Scholarship and Activism, Princeton University. February 6. Grants awarded through the Princeton University Women's Center and the East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. 

Nancy, R. K. (2015). "Reads Foucault Anyway" [meme]. Literacy & NCTE blog, Arts of Language Collection. October 5. 

Nancy, R.K. (2015). "All About That Space" [meme]. Literacy & NCTE blog, Arts of Language Collection. October 1.