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Michelle Kells

  • Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Writing, Department of English

/ (505) 277-6347


Dr. Michelle Hall Kells is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Rhetoric and Writing. Kells serves as Program Chair for the Southwest Environmental Education Cooperative. She is currently Program Chair for the National Consortium of Environmental Rhetoric and Writing (an affiliated organization of the Rhetoric Society of America). Kells serves as the ASUNM Lobo Gardens faculty advisor. She launched the EcoLiteracy at UNM Digital Hub with her graduate students in Spring 2018 available at: Kells’s story as a teacher spans over two decades exploring and engaging language, writing, and the ecology of relationships that we as writers constitute through our different texts. Kells research, teaching, and service projects coalesce around questions of belonging and environmental citizenship within and across diverse spheres (linguistically, socially, spatially, and textually). Her courses include ENGL 320 Writing About Food and Culture; ENGL 320 Writing About Animals and Nature; ENGL 413 Science, Medical, and Environmental Writing; ENGL 640 Women and Wilderness.

Her research interests include public rhetoric (civil rights and environmental discourses), ethnolinguistic diversity, literacy education, and community writing studies. Kells is lead editor of Attending to the Margins: Writing, Researching, and Teaching on the Front Lines (Heinemann, 1999) and Latino/a