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Spencer Schaffner

Spencer Schaffner

Spencer Schaffner is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Information

208 English Building | MC-718

Dr. Schaffner's Website


PhD, Language and Rhetoric, University of Washington

Current Research Interests

Online reviews, protest rhetorics, YouTube


forthcoming: Schaffner, Spencer. 2019. Literacy and Subjection: Writing as Punishment in Schools, Courts, and Everyday Life. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Schaffner, Spencer. 2011. Binocular Vision: the Politics of Representation in Birdwatching Field Guides. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Selected Publications

Schaffner, Spencer. 2012. "Mockumentaries Meet New Media," Too Bold
for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small, Cynthia
Miller, Ed. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.), pp. 201-212.

McDowell, Jacqueline and Spencer Schaffner. 2011. "Football, it’s a
Man’s Game: An Exploration of Gendered Discourse in 'The Gender
Bowl,'" Discourse & Society 22.5: 547-564.

Schaffner, Spencer. 2010. "Desktop MCing," Kairos: A Journal of
Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 14.2:

Schaffner, Spencer. 2008. "Urban Literacy Center Manifesto," Kairos: A
Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 12:3:

Schaffner, Spencer. 2007. "Strategic Simulations," JAC, 47.3: 717-730.