Teaching Professor | Director of the Writing Program


  • Office: ZSR Library, 426a
  • Phone: (336) 758-6126
  • Email: branchel@wfu.edu


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Middlebury College

Areas of Interest

  • Rhetoric & Composition
  • Women’s Rhetorical History
  • Food Studies
  • Rhetorics of Health & Medicine 

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

  • WRI 111 Ethics, Identity, Representation
  • WRI 111 Writing Well: Rhetorics of Health and Illness
  • WRI 111 Eating Our Words: Rhetorics of Food
  • WRI 210 Advanced Academic Writing
  • WRI 212 The Art of the Essay
  • WRI 341 Rhetorics of Taste

Selected Publications

  • Transforming Tastes: Women and the Revision of American Food Rhetorics (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press)
  • “The Meaning of A Meal: M.F.K. Fisher and Gastronomical Kairos” Food, Feminisms, and Rhetorics. Melissa Goldthwaite, ed. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2017. 77-88.  
  • “’Taste Analytically’: Julia Child’s Rhetoric of Cultivation.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 45.2 (2015): 164-184.
  • “Tag and Release: Technosocial Ecologies for Student Writing and Publishing.” With Dan Anderson and Ashley Hall. Designing Web-Based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms. George Pullman and Baotong Gu, eds. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press, 2011.
  • Instructor’s Manual to Beyond Words, 2nd ed. With Dan Anderson, Heather Branstetter, & Chelsea Redeker. New York: Longman, 2009.