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Alana Hatley, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Lecturer of Writing,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3470
Office: B2233.04


Dr. Alana Hatley received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of South Carolina in 2018. She moved to Houston in 2019 and joined the writing program at UHCL the following year. In addition to her scholarly and pedagogical interests, she works to build writing communities with and for students.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric/composition
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Post humanism
  • Plant rhetorics
  • Science writing


  • 2017 Introductory material for “On Eating, and Preferring Not To” by Adam Phillips. The Carolina Reader. Edited by Nicole Fisk and Katelyn Porubsky, Fall 2017 edition, Macmillan.
  • 2017 “Opportunities and Constraints.” The Carolina Rhetoric. Edited by Ben Harley, Spring 2017 edition, Macmillan.
  • 2011 “What’s the Difference? Satire and Separation in that ‘Little Puppet Show.” In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing. Ed. Robert G. Weiner and Shelley E. Barbra. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
  • 2010 “Taking South Park Seriously” (review). The Journal of Popular Culture 43.2: 418-19.

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Advanced Writing
  • Writing in the Sciences

Research Projects

Hatley’s research focuses on posthumanism and rhetorical theory, particularly animal studies. Her dissertation contributes to this discourse by describing a conceptualization of plant rhetorics, including rhetorics about plants and botany, rhetorics modeled after botanic sensibilities, and the rhetorical behaviors of plants themselves. Her work is now continuing forward into pedagogical theory.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2015-2016 Experienced GTA Excellence in Teaching Award, University of South Carolina English Department (nominated).
  • 2013-2014 Student Achievement in Scholarship Award, University of South Carolina English Department.
  • 2012-2017 Edmund A. Ramsaur Scholarship
  • 2012-2017 John Welsh Fellowship
  • 2010 Academic Achievement in MA English, Northeastern State University.