A rotating series of images of technology and people underneath the name "Brenta Blevins"
A rotating series of images of technology and people underneath the name "Brenta Blevins"
Brenta Blevins
Brenta Blevins

About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Digital Studies at the University of Mary Washington. I teach and research how technologies affect how we communicate.


I am interested in investigating the full range of literacy: from traditional alphabetic literacy in longstanding media, such as the printed book, to the multiliteracy of digital media, particularly in the extended reality (XR) media of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality.

Research and Teaching areas

My experience as a technical communicator, futurist, and instructor shapes my interest in researching how we communicate in an era of evolving technologies, as well as my commitment to teach communication using a range of technologies.


My teaching and research areas include the following topics.

Digital Studies, RHETORIC, and Media

  • Digital Rhetoric and Activism
  • Digital Literacy
  • Extended Reality: Augmented, Virtual, Mixed Reality
  • Podcasts
  • Digital Accessibility

Writing and Literacy studies

  • Literacy/
  • Multimodal Composition
  • Genre Theory
  • Writing Processes

Professional and Technical Communication

  • Workplace Writing Genres
  • Technical Writing
  • Design
  • Composing Technologies


Outside of higher ed, I have extensive professional experience, having been employed in multiple positions in the software industry and working with a wide range of clients around the world. 


Additionally, I have worked as a futurist consultant, helping businesses envision future use cases for their products and offerings, which I've discussed here and here and which has been analyzed here


For more information on my work, please continue to my CV or contact me at: sblevin2 (at) umw (dot) edu.

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