Jennifer Sano-Franchini


jennifersamI am Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing in the Department of English at Virginia Tech, where I teach in the undergraduate program in Professional and Technical Writing and graduate program in Rhetoric and Writing. I am also Co-Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Asian/Asian American Caucus.

My research interests are in the cultural politics of information design, institutional rhetorics, and Asian American rhetoric. My current major research project is a study of affect and emotional labor on the academic job market. I have presented on diverse topics including the rhetorics of cosmetic surgery, composition of mixtapes, cultures of BitTorrent communities, and graduate student professional development at national conferences across disciplines like rhetoric and composition, technical communication, computers and writing, digital humanities, and Asian American studies. My scholarship has been published in Computers and CompositionPresent Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and the International Journal for the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning. My most recent publications include book chapters in Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, edited by Jim Ridolfo and Bill Hart-Davidson (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Cultures of Copyright, edited by Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife (Peter Lang, 2014). Forthcoming work includes Building a Community, Having a Homea collection documenting a history of the CCCC Asian/Asian American Caucus (New City Community Press and Parlor Press), a book chapter in Michael Salvo and Liza Potts’ Rhetoric and Experience Architecture, and an article manuscript on intimacy and emotional labor on the academic job search. I have seven years of industry experience in document design and professional writing.

I was born and raised in Waipahu and Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where I lived for most of my life, and where I first became interested in language, computers, and culture. One of my earliest forays into document design was when I voluntarily designed the program for my eighth grade banquet, and I first learned html so I could customize my page. I am of Korean (second generation) and Japanese (fourth generation) American ancestry.