Cynthia Davidson is an Advanced Senior Lecturer and Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. She obtained a Ph.D. in English from University of Illinois at Chicago. Early a devotee of reading and writing modern poetry, she is currently interested in applications of rhetoric to all aspects of contemporary culture, with a focus on digital rhetoric and affect theory. She has published a Baudrillard-esque analysis of William Gibson’s Neuromancer and about the synergies between virtual worlds and writing studies, and most recently has chapters in Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of Global Internet (2018, University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press) and From the Word to the Place, a celebration of the work of poet Michael Anania (2022, MadHat Press). Her first book, Women’s Voices in the BlueWave Resistance on Twitter: Cruel Optimism, is available in 2023 (late 2022 for ebook) from Lexington Books. See media response here.
“Reconstructing Ethos as Dwelling Place: On the Bridge of Twenty-First Century Writing Practices (Blogfolios and ePortfolios)” in Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet , Utah State University Press, 2018.
“Field of Uncertain Dreams: Memory and Invention in Michael Anania’s Nightsongs and Clamors” in From the Word to the Place: Essays on the Work of Michael Anania, MadHat Press, 2021.
Women’s Voices in the BlueWave Resistance on Twitter: Cruel Optimism. Lexington Books, imprint of Rowman and Littlefield, January 2023.