Research & Scholarship

My primary research involves investigating various historical periods when long established and newly emerging technologies of communication collided with one another. My interests lie in figuring out how society made sense of these moments of technological transition, the arguments they made in order to adjust to new communication practices, forms, and rules.


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McCorkle, Ben. Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-historical Study. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2012. Print. 

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  • Comer, Kathryn, Michael Harker, and Ben McCorkle, editors. The Archive as Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Logan: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2019,
  • Palmeri, Jason and Ben McCorkle. “‘English via the Air Waves’: Recovering 1930s Radio Pedagogies.” ​Soundwriting Pedagogies,​ edited by Courtney S. Danforth, Kyle D. Stedman, & Michael J. Faris, Logan: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2018,​.
  • Ben McCorkle, Cynthia L. Selfe, Kaitlin Clinnin, and Kay Halasek. “Habitus, Disposition, and Disruption in MOOCs: Developing Responsive Pedagogy at Scale.”​ Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action​, edited by Mary P. Sheridan, Megan J. Bardolph, Megan Faver Hartline, and Drew Holladay, Lexington Books, 2018. 209 – 224.
  • McCorkle, Ben. “A Tale of Two Tablets: Tracing Intersections of Materiality, the Body, and Practices of Communication.” ​The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric​, edited by Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes, Routledge, 2018, 18- 26.
  • Palmeri, Jason, & McCorkle, Ben. A distant view of English Journal, 1912-2012. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 22, no. 2, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018, http:/​/​​22.2/​topoi/​palmeri-mccorkle/​. Accessed 16 Jan. 2018.
  • McCorkle, Ben, Paige Arrington, and Michael Harker. “Stories Within Stories: Three Reflections on Working With the DALN.” Getting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age, edited by Laura Gray-Rosendale, SUNY Press, 2018, pp. 77-90.
  • Harker, Michael and Ben McCorkle. “Some Thoughts on the DALN As Public Utility.” Composition Forum 36 (Summer 2017).
  • “Resisting the ‘Natural’: Rhetorical Delivery and the Natural User Interface.” Emerging Genres in New Media Environments. Eds. Carolyn R. Miller and Ashley R. Kelly. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 99-115. Print.
  • McCorkle, Ben and Jason Palmeri. “Lessons from History: Teaching With Technology in 100 Years of English Journal.” English Journal 105.6 (2016): 18–24. Print.
  • McCorkle, Ben, Kay Halasek, Kaitlin Clinnin, and Cynthia L. Selfe. “Negotiating World Englishes in a Writing-Based MOOC.” Composition Studies 44.1 (2016): 53–71. Print.


  • McCorkle, Ben and Michael Harker. “Expanding Communities of Learning: Rethinking Storytelling & the Pedagogical Priorities of Literacy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication Research Network Forum, 13 March 2019, Pittsburgh, PA. Plenary Address.
  • McCorkle, Ben. “Some Thoughts on the DALN as Literacy Sponsor.” Rhetoric Society of America, May 31, 2018, Minneapolis.
  • McCorkle, Ben and Peter Chan. “The Humane Technologies Collaborative. An Overview of the ‘Provocation, Making, Reflection’ Process.” Cumulus Paris 2018 Conference on the Design Arts, April 13, 2018, Paris.
  • McCorkle, Ben and Jason Palmeri. “100 Years of New Media Pedagogy.” Conference on the Teaching of Writing, April 6, 2018, University of Connecticut. Keynote Address.
  • McCorkle, Ben, Paige Arrington, and Michael Harker. “Stories within Stories: Making the Personal Public and the Public Personal with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City (Missouri), March 16, 2018.