PhD, Arizona State University
MA, DePaul University
BA, University of Arizona
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.
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
- 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
I’m just finishing up a book on industrial tree planting and human-nonhuman meaning-making called Planting the Anthropocene: Rhetorics of Natureculture. As I’ve done this, I’ve become more and more interested in how the “material turn” affects scholars in rhetoric and composition. This is manifesting itself in two current projects. The first looks into the ways in which new materialist scholars in the field tend to resist similar ontologies put forward by Indigenous scholars. The second is concerned with 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 both create and respond to particular (what I’m calling) “material genres” in the form of environmental impact analyses. I’m also looking at mitigation measures in areas of human disturbance along road infrastructure: issues of timing that align with migration or mating patterns; re-designed bridges or separate constructions for habitat preservation; and those that increase human labour practices.
Areas of Graduate Supervision
- Writing Theory and Pedagogy
- Material Rhetorics
- Environmental Rhetorics
- Methods and Methodology
- Rhetorics of Location and Place