Hi! My name is Tyler S. Branson and I’m a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to UCSB I was a graduate student in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University, where I completed a dissertation called: How Writing Goes Public: Agitation, Intervention, and Disruption in Public Arguments about Writing in April of 2015.
I teach a range of lower- and upper-division writing courses in public and professional writing. Lately I’ve been really excited to teach Business and Administrative Writing in addition to a course on Writing for the Public.
My research focuses broadly on the ways people use writing and rhetoric to collaborate with one another in order to address public problems, particularly in the context of higher education. I also have related interests in civic engagement, histories of rhetoric and composition, and writing pedagogy. My published work has appeared or is forthcoming in several peer-reviewed journals and a range of edited collections. I’m also currently working on a book project that analyzes what I call “problematic partnerships” and their impact on the field of Rhetoric and Composition. Feel free to click around and read more about my research and teaching. In addition, this site contains my blog, which I try to update monthly.