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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


due out in June, 2019 Schaffner, Spencer. 2019. 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.