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Cedric Burrows, PhD

Cedric Burrows, PhD

Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University

Cedric D. Burrows (he/him) is an Associate Professor of English at Marquette University. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he earned his B.A. at Alcorn State University, M.A. at Miami University (Ohio), and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.

Cedric’s research focuses on how elements of African American rhetoric are reinvented when presented in mainstream spaces. His book Rhetorical Crossover: The Black Presence in White Culture (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) won the 2021 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English from the National Council of Teachers in English.

His work has also appeared in Journal of Africana Religions, WPA: Writing Program Administration, Praxis, Pedagogy, and the edited collection Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection Category from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Cedric’s teaching is an extension of his research through his courses on the Black Freedom Movement, which includes classes such as The Rhetoric of Black Protest, The Rhetoric of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and Black Travel and Leisure.

For his work in helping revise the first-year writing course to reflect equity, diversity, and inclusion, Cedric received Marquette’s Presidential Difference Makers Award. He was also awarded Marquette’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award for his contributions to social justice at Marquette.

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