Michael Shirzadian is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy. His research interrogates the material-discursive construction of race, disability and political economy. He is also interested in ambient rhetoric, specifically how radical justice movements mobilize ambient or ecological factors as corrective to traditional strategies of resistance operating within liberal justice frameworks. His interests as a compositionist are twofold: (1) he interrogates the prevalence and violence of neoliberalism within academic institutions and (2) he theorizes strategies of resistance via anti-racist and collaborative pedagogies. In 2016, he received the First-Year Writing Program’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a First-Year Instructor at Ohio State.
As a creative writer, he has published fiction, nonfiction and craft essays at Brevity, The Collagist, Word Riot, The NewerYork Press and elsewhere.