Associate Professor

Photo of Jennifer Clary-Lemon.PhD, Arizona State University
MA, DePaul University
BA, University of Arizona

Extension: 43594
Office: HH 368


I completed my BA in Political Science at the University of Arizona, my MA in English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse) at DePaul University, and my PhD in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics) at Arizona State University. From 2006 to 2018, I taught at the University of Winnipeg, where I also directed the writing centre. I joined the University of Waterloo in August 2018.

My research is situated in the field of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and has at different times in my career spanned a wide range of topics that engage theory, writing, and location: discursive ethnic, racial, and national identities; material rhetorics and place; critical discourse analysis; the making of scientific knowledge; rhetorical methods and methodologies; place-based ways of seeing and knowing scholarly disciplines; writing centre theory and practice; ambient rhetorical approaches to place. Although I am a rhetoric scholar, I consider myself a writing teacher. My interest in supporting writing as a core culture of a university has emerged from over 15 years of university teaching. It has been a large part of my own teaching philosophy that location—both geographic and personal—affects rhetorical choices and agency.

Even though I love being a humanist, I harbor a secret desire to be a biologist. I’m convinced that this is possible, starting with keeping bees.

Selected Publications

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. "Gifts, Ancestors, Relations: Notes Toward an Indigenous New Materialism." enculturation, November 2019.

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. Planting the Anthropocene: Rhetorics of Natureculture. Utah State UP, 2019.

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. “Serendology, Methodipity: Research, Invention, and The Choric Rhetorician.” Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research, edited by Peter Goggin and Maureen Daly Goggin. Utah State UP, 2018, pp. 205-220.

Mueller, Derek, Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherbee Phelps, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies. Inkshed/Parlor Press, 2017.

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. “Museums as Material: Experiential Landscapes and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” Enculturation, 20, December 2015,

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. “Archival Research Processes: A Case for Material Methods.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 33, no. 44, 2014, pp. 381-402.

Huckin, Tom, Jennifer Andrus, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon. “Critical Discourse Analysis and Rhetoric/Composition.” CCC Special Issue on Research Methodologies, vol. 64, no.1, 2012, pp. 107-129.

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. “‘We’re Not Ethnic, We’re Irish!’: Oral Histories and The Discursive Construction of Immigrant Identity.” Discourse & Society, vol. 21, no. 1, 2010, pp. 5-25.

Vandenberg, Peter, Sue Hum, and Jennifer Clary-Lemon, eds. Relations, Locations, Positions: Composition Theory for Writing Teachers. NCTE Press, 2006.

Fellowships and Awards

  • Shortlist finalist, Rhetoric Society of America Book award for Planting the Anthropocene, 2020
  • SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council) Insight Development Grant 4A Funding for “Examining Canadian Silviculture and Discourses of National Identity,” 2014, 2015
  • Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award for “Runner-Up for Best Essay” for “Archival Research Processes: A Case for Material Methods,” 2014
  • Fulbright award, Fulbright Specialists Program (Fulbright Canada). “Writing Studies at the University of Winnipeg: Future Directions,” 2011

Current Research

As I finished up a book on industrial tree planting and human-nonhuman meaning-making called Planting the Anthropocene: Rhetorics of Natureculture, I’ve become more and more interested in how the “material turn” affects scholars in rhetoric and composition. This is manifesting itself in a close look at human-nonhuman entanglements and rhetorical effects, particularly when it comes to species at risk or endangered species and areas of human disturbance. Right now I’m examining the ways in which provincial biologists and engineers work to respond to particular species at risk using infrastructural and time-based mitigation measures--the barn swallow, the chimney swift, and the bobolink. I’m examining those mitigation measures in areas of human disturbance that are selected for their naturecultural tensions--subdivisions, bridges and road developments, and nuclear reactors. I'm interested in the ways that such mitigations create persuasive landscapes, as well as in humans' affectual investments as they grapple with the irreconcilability of the sixth extinction through both art and reclamation.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

  • Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • Material Rhetorics, New Materialism, Affect Studies
  • Environmental Rhetorics
  • Methods and Methodology
  • Rhetorics of Location and Place
University of Waterloo

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