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Bri Lafond (she/her)

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Contact Information

EB 220

Office Hours

Fall 2024: Not teaching


Bri Lafond is a PhD candidate in the Center for Writing Studies affiliated with the English department and the department of Gender and Women's Studies. 


Her work focuses on the intersections between digital and queer rhetorics, specifically in the form of multimedia production by social media content creators. Her dissertation project explores the multimodal content production processes of YouTubers. She is also interested more broadly in how identities (especially queer identities) are mediated through digital platforms, particulary in cases that involve intentional deception (i.e., catfishing). Additionally, she has worked in and studied writing centers in various capacities since 2006. She currently serves as an executive board member for the Online Writing Centers Association.

Before coming to the University of Illinois, Bri earned her MA in Composition with dual emphases in Literature and Applied Linguistics/TESL from California State University, San Bernardino. She has previously worked as an adjunct composition and rhetoric instructor for both Cal State and the Riverside Community College District.




Research Interests

Innovative composition pedagogy, queer rhetorics, digital rhetorics, multimodality, writing centers, online writing centers


  • MA Composition, dual emphases in Literature and Applied Linguistics TESL, California State University San Bernardino, 2014
  • BA English, University of California Santa Barbara, 2006




  • Donald and Barbara Smalley Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Graduate College Career Exploration Fellowship
  • Lauter-McDougal Fund
  • Gragg-Barr Scholarship
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Fellowship


Courses Taught


  • Rhetoric 105: Research and Writing
  • Informatics 303: Writing Across Media
  • English/MACS 104: Introduction to Film
  • Illinois Scholars Program Writing

At CSU San Bernardino:

  • English 102A/103A/104A: Stretch Composition I, II, II
  • English 105A/106A: Accelerated Composition I, II
  • English 105B/106B: Accelerated Composition for Multilingual Students I, II
  • English 107: Advanced First-Year Composition
  • English 306: Expository Writing for English
  • Communications 307: Rhetorical Theory
  • Honors 104C: Language & Meaning: Oral Communication
  • Early Start English 98 & 99: Introduction to University Literacies

At Riverside CCD:

  • English 50: Basic English Composition
  • English 1A: English Composition
  • English 1B: Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Instructor of Record for Writing Center



Additional Campus Affiliations

  • English Department
  • Gender & Women's Studies (Queer Studies Minor)

Highlighted Publications

“Modes of Meaning, Modes of Engagement: Pragmatic Intersections of Adaptation Theory and Multimodal Composition.” The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric. New York: Routledge, 2018. Ed. Jonathan Alexander & Jacqueline Rhodes. Co-authored with Kristen Macias. doi: 10.4324/9781315518497-35