Bronwyn T. Williams

Professor & Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition


Bronwyn T. Williams is Professor of English and Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition. He is also director of the University Writing Center. He writes and teaches on issues of literacy, identity, sustainability, digital media, popular culture, and community writing. He is currently completing on a book project titled, Literacies in Times of Disruption: Living and Learning During a Pandemic, based on interviews with students about their complex, affective, and often disruptive experiences of writing and learning during the global pandemic. His most recent book is Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency: Composing Identities. His recurring research interests focus on how people negotiate, understand, and feel about the literacy practices they engage in during their daily lives, both in and out of the classroom.

He has an ongoing interest in digital media and literacy with a current focus on a global climate change education project involving middle school students in different countries.He has researched and taught in the U.S. and abroad, including in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan. He also writes creative nonfiction, both as an approach to scholarly writing and as essays on other subjects. He also is involved in several community writing projects, including with  the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. In previous years he served as both Director of Composition and Director of the University Writing Center. His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in writing pedagogy, literacy and identity, digital media, popular culture, and creative nonfiction.

His other books include New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders (with Amy Zenger), Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online, Popular Culture and Representations of Literacy (with Amy Zenger), Identity Papers: Literacy and Power in Higher Education, and Tuned In: Television and the Teaching of Writing.In addition he has published many articles and book chapters. More information about his research, publications, and teaching, can be found on his website.