Cynthia Davidson

cynthia davidsonJob Title: Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Lecturer

Phone: (631) 632-9935


Office Location: H-2104

Education: M.A. in Literature, Northeastern Illinois University, 1989; Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997; Advanced Certificate in Composition Theory, Stony Brook University, 2007.

Courses Taught, Stony Brook University:

  • Personal Essay Writing:  The Personal Eye (WRT 303)
  • Critical Writing Seminar: Writing for the New Media (WRT 302)
  • Writing in the Disciplines (WRT 201)
    • The Voice in the Machine:  Technology and Human Identity
  • Intermediate Writing Workshop—B (WRT 103)
    • Science as Social Rhetoric
    • Developing Personal Poetics
  • Intermediate Writing Workshop—A (Reg./ University Scholars/Learning Communities/Honors) (WRT 102)
    • Introduction to Digital Rhetoric
    • Subjectivity, Objectivity, and Human Difference
    • Technology and the Metamorphoses of Identity
    • Food and Society
    • Science as Social Discourse
    • Bioethics:  Public and Personal Perspectives on Human Values in the Life Sciences
  • Introductory Writing Workshop (WRT 101)
  • Internship and Independent Study
  • Literary Argumentation and Analysis (EGL 204)

Professional Interests: Composition and Rhetoric; Digital Media; Writing and Technology; Creative Writing; Contemporary Poetry; Science Fiction.

Selected Presentations

  • “Writ-uals of  Faith and Skepticism:  Citation as Magical Practice.” Who Owns Writing?  Revisited.  New York, Hofstra University (October 17, 2008).
  • “From Grimoire to Glamor to Grammar Instruction: A Feminist Analysis of Grammar-Based Knowledges in Composition Studies.”  College Communication and Composition Conference (CCCC) 2008.  New Orleans ( April 4, 2008). 

  •  “’True Lies’:  Academic Writing, Plagiarism, and the Formation of ‘Literate’ Identities.” College Communication and Composition Conference (CCCC) 2007.  New York (March 23, 2007).
  • "Riviera's Golem, Haraway's Cyborg: Reading Neuromancer as Baudrillard's  Simulation of Crisis," a paper presented at the Science Fiction Research Association Conference at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (June 1995). 

  • "Using Wikis and Blogs in the Writing Classroom." Interview. Innovations in Education (TV program). Host: Graham Glynn. April 6, 2009.

Publications and Awards

Academic Positions

Secretary, SUNY Council on Writing, 2009-2012

Arts and Sciences Senate President, 2007-2008.

For more info see

Program in Writing and Rhetoric • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5340 • 631.632.7390
Writing Center • 631.632.7405 •
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