Meet the DALN Team

headshot harkerMichael Harker is an associate professor of English and teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies at Georgia State University. He is the author of The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate (SUNY Press). He has published or has articles forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, Literacy in Composition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, and Computers and Composition Online. He is a Co-Director of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN). Email Michael:

mccorkle_b-19kl4or-248x300Ben McCorkle is an associate professor of English and teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, and digital media studies, primarily on The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. He is the author of the book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, as well as several articles in publications including Computers and Composition Online, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Composition Studies. He is currently serving as Co-Director of the DALN. Email Ben:


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Matthew Higgins is an English PhD student studying at Georgia State University. His research interests include literacy studies, digital rhetoric, and medieval literature. Beyond working in these fields, Matthew’s interests also include public scholarship and the use of Free and Open Source Software in academic environments. Contact Matthew:


matthew-profileMatthew Sansbury is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State University working at the intersections of multimodal composition and literacy studies. He is a DALN Research Fellow, English instructor, and the Production Editor for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He has co-authored and designed two forthcoming webtexts in the field: (1) “The Success of This Course Depends Upon Your Participation: Technology, Topoi, and Infrastructure in the Era of MOOCs” in The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and Beyond the Classroom (Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP) with Michael Harker and Mary Hocks; and (2) “The Digital Literacy Narratives of DMAC: Developing Contexts, Experiences, and Identities” in Computers and Composition Online with Michael Harker. Email Matthew: