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Associate Professor, Director, Blazer Core CurriculumThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
University Hall 5061
(205) 934-2725

Research and Teaching Interests: Composition studies, rhetorical theory, global education, civic education, writing program administration, genre studies

Office Hours: By appointment


  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, English

I specialize in Composition Studies and Rhetorical Theory, with a specific emphasis on public writing, rhetorical education, and political rhetoric. My current research examines the current movement towards global higher education, a vision of higher education that prepares students to lead professional and civic lives in an era of economic and cultural globalization.

My undergraduate courses include Freshman Composition and Advanced Composition. Each of these courses is designed to challenge students to see the public value of academic research and writing. A current Advanced Composition course, for example, asks students to undertake research on Birmingham as a global community and to seek out both academic and public audiences for their research. I also teach the Graduate Practicum in Teaching Writing, which introduces graduate students to Composition Studies and the teaching of writing at the university.

  • Recent Courses
    • Freshman Writing
    • Advanced Composition
    • Graduate Practicum in the Teaching of Writing
  • Select Publications


    Special Journal Issue

    • Public Writing in Composition. Ed. Christopher Minnix. Special Issue of Composition Forum 36 (Summer 2017).


    • "’Globalist Scumbags’: Composition's Global Turn in a Time of Fake News, Globalist Conspiracy, and Nationalist Literacy," Literacy in Composition Studies 5.2 (2017): 63-83.
    • “Basic Writers in Composition’s Public Turn: Voice and Influence in the Basic Writing Classroom,” Journal of Basic Writing 34 (No. 1, 2015).
    • Anne-Marie Hall and Christopher Minnix, “Beyond the Bridge Metaphor: Rethinking the Place of the Literacy Narrative in the Basic Writing Curriculum,” Journal of Basic Writing 31 (No. 2, 2012): 57-82.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Member of the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s Affiliates Committee