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Brandon M. Erby

Brandon M. Erby

English Graduate Assistant

201 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2019: Not Teaching


  1. M.A. English (Rhetoric and Composition), Penn State University
  2. M.A. English (African American Literature), Seton Hall University
  3. B.A. English, Tougaloo College

Professional Bio

Brandon M. Erby is a dual-title Ph.D. Candidate in English and African American and Diaspora Studies. He is interested in African American rhetoric, new literacy studies, rhetorical education, and the rhetoric and historiography of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Brandon's dissertation, "I've Got a Job to Do: The Rhetorical Campaigns of Mamie Till-Mobley," examines the rhetorical labor of Till-Mobley and traces the ongoing ways Emmett Till's murder influences American culture and rhetorical studies. His work appears or is forthcoming in CLA Journal, Open Words: Access and English Studies, Rhetoric Review, and Journal for the History of Rhetoric.

Brandon has experience as a writing tutor and has taught ENGL 15 (Rhetoric and Composition), AFAM 100 (Themes in African American Thought and Experience), ENGL/AFAM 469 (Slavery and the Literary Imagination), and creative writing inside a state correctional facility. During the 2016-17 academic year, Brandon was an assistant for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) and served as editor of Penn Statements. He was an Africana Research Center (ARC) Dissertation Fellow during the Spring 2019 semester and is currently a Center for Humanities & Information (CHI) Predoctoral Fellow.