About Franny:

I am a graduate student pursuing my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech.

I received a B.A. in Social Relations (2006) and an M.A. in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing (2010) from Michigan State University.

I am also proud to be an alumna of the AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer program, where I served at the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, Michigan for two years.

I am primarily interested in visual rhetoric and the rhetorical study of comics. My work asks the question: what are comics for? In order to theorize this, I use an arts-based methodology, as well as historiography, cultural rhetorical analysis, and remix. In other words, I make comics in order to better understand how they work and what they can do. I enjoy the challenge of navigating the space between the typical genres of humanities scholarship and those of the underground comics scene.

Aside from comics, I am also interested in the relationship between composing in human languages and computer languages, disability studies, the canon of memory, and decolonial histories of rhetoric and writing.

email me at fhowes at vt dot edu