College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jacob Broderick

Jacob Broderick

Jacob Broderick


Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy: spatial politics; rhetorics of violence; cultural rhetorics; automobilities; masculinities; empathic rhetorics; rhetorics of e/migration; trends in edtech; digital pedagogies; MOOCs

Jacob Broderick is a full-time term instructor in the Department of English. His research interests include the cultural shift in the United States to autonomous mobility systems; using "disruptive" workplace platforms in the realm of digital pedagogy; violence, especially terrorist violence, as rhetoric; and using rhetorics of empathy to teach argument in the online classroom. He has delivered papers at a number of conferences, including Cultural Rhetorics, SWPACA, PAMLA, NeMLA, and CEA-MAG. His MA graduate research on Victorian travel narratives and rhetorics of e/migration grew out of his work with emigrant pamphlets and correspondence from the Foreign and Colonial Office Special Collection, a rare corpus comprising over 80,000 artifacts acquired by King’s College London in 2007. He received his MA in English 1850-Present from King's in 2010, has taught at George Mason University since 2013, and joined Mason's doctoral program in Writing and Rhetoric in 2015.

Current Research

Recent projects include research on autonomous driving, American individualism, and masculinity; UX and design affordances in collaborative productivity platforms; and terrorist violence as rhetoric.

Recent Presentations

"Teach Your Students To Be Slackers: Design Affordances and Activity Theory in Collaborative Productivity Platforms." Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference 2017. Albuquerque, NM. February 2017. 

"Our Cars, Ourselves: Does American Automobility Face An Existential Threat?" Cultural Rhetorics 2016. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. October 2016.

“‘What Pluck and Muscle May Do’: Spatial Production, Biopouvoir, and 19th-Century Emigrant Passage." PAMLA 2015. Portland State University. Portland, OR. November 2015.

“‘Without Contraries is No Progression’: Doing Dialogic Empathy in Online Composition.” Faculty Roundtable: The Challenges of the Online Professor. NEMLA 2015. Ryerson University. Toronto, ON. May 2015.