Martha Webber, Ph.D

Contact Information
Voice: 657-278-2723
Dept: 657-278-3163

Martha  A. Webber

Assistant Professor


After obtaining a certification in the operation of garment technologies and a degree in Fashion Design in 2000 from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, I worked in the garment industry briefly before returning to school to study English and philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles. I am excited to be a member of the Titan community and an institution that values engaged, community-based learning for our undergraduate and graduate students.


2013, Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2004, B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Areas

Writing studies; community-based and service learning; qualitative research methods; organizational rhetoric and writing; Global Englishes; postcolonial sites of English language use; material culture; creative nonfiction

My research focuses on material rhetoric and composition as I trace the circulation of rhetorics of citizenship and community across digital divisions in the global North and South. Recently my research has investigated the role of South African nongovernmental and governmental organizations to frame conceptions of literacy, handicraft production, and citizenship for South African women. My writing on the subject has appeared in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning as well as forms the core of my current book project, Crafting Citizens.

Courses Regularly Taught

My passion to teach writing that reaches a broad range of communities, both on and off campus, has helped me develop a number of classes that focus on writing for first year students, advanced non-majors, undergraduate majors, and master’s students. Classes I have offered with the department include English 307: Advanced College Writing for English Majors and English 525T: Proseminar in Rhetoric.


“Thinking Like an Editor” (composition exercise for edited collection). The Write Book: Classroom Exercises for Composition. Editors Russell Brickey, Laura L. Beadling, and Evelyn Martens. Contracted with McFarland Press. Forthcoming 2014.

“Literacy Intermediaries and the ‘Voices of Women’ South African National Quilt Project” (peer-refereed article). Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 11.2 (2012): 68-90.

“The Quick” (creative nonfiction). Paper Darts Literary Magazine Online. 29 November 2011.