About Me



Dr. April O'Brien

Dr. April O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in Sam Houston State University’s English Department where she teaches courses in technical communication and professional writing. Her research interests include public memory, cultural rhetorics, spatialized race/place, social justice in technical communication, and community writing. She earned her PhD from Clemson University’s interdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program. April has current and forthcoming articles and digital projects published in Trace, Present TenseJournal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Textshop Experiments, Itineration, and AfterimageShe is currently working on Mapping (Digital) Objects with Thing-Power: The Rhetorical Relationality of Spaces, Places, and Public Memory, a manuscript that examines how public memory is represented via non-discursive objects and oral histories in Tamina, Texas. In addition, she is working on a co-written manuscript, Of Memory and Violence: The Rhetoric of Countermemory, a project that builds a rhetorical theory of countermemory.

For more on my projects, click on the Projects link in the menu.