Ruby Kirk Nancy

Ruby Kirk Nancy

Title: Graduate Assistant
Office: Bate 2026
Phone: 252.328.6578
E-Mail: nancyr15@students.ecu.edu


Ruby Nancy is a third-year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric, Writing, & Professional Communication and a graduate teaching assistant. She is the 2018 Ebbs English Graduate Fellow and a graduate assistant to the 2018 conference chair for the International Writing Centers Association. Her current research focuses on genre-fluid writing strategies and the use of technical and professional communication outside traditional workplaces, and is supported in part by the Margaret (Marty) Baker Graham Research Grant from the Association for Business Communication

She recently earned a graduate certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures from ECU, worked as a social media coordinator for the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Biennial Conference: Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions, and interned as assistant to the host committee for Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Gender, Sexuality, and the Media.

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 professional background, including consulting ministry at a Unitarian Universalist congregation, producing entertainment for an LGBTQ pride festival and for a benefit concert series, owning a café; other work experience includes community activism, parenting skills mentoring, journalism, and professional and community theater. Her life and work, both in and out of academe, has been shaped by the use 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

Recent Publications

“Enigma” [poem]. Expressions magazine: Still I Rise. Spring 2018.

“Session A4--Representations and Rhetorics of/in Presidential Campaigns” [review]. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collective. November 2017.

“Session B1--Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetorical Studies” [review]. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collective. November 2017.

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

"Reads Foucault Anyway" [meme]. Literacy & NCTE blog, Arts of Language Collection. October 2015.

"All About That Space" [meme]. Literacy & NCTE blog, Arts of Language Collection. October 2015.

Selected Conference Presentations

“The Business of the Arts: Technical Writing for Artistic Professionals and Arts Organizations.” 82nd Annual International Conference of the Association for Business Communication, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. October 2017. Grant awarded through the Association for Business Communication and the East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"'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.

“Barriers to Writing Transfer at the ‘2+2’ University: Preliminary Findings from CWPA-Supported Research.” Co-presented with Neil Baird and Bradley Dilger. Conference of Writing Program Administrators. Savannah, Georgia. July 18-21, 2013.