Amber Buck

Amber Buck

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of CRES


  • PhD, English and Writing Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012

Research Areas

  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Writing Technologies
  • Social Media


Amber Buck completed her PhD in English and Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012. Her research interests include digital literacies, multimodal composition, new media and identity, and social media.

Amber is the Social Media and Visibility Editor for Computers and Composition Digital Press. You can also find her at


Referred Articles

  • With Theo Plothe. “Taking in the Trash: Storage Wars, Audience Response, and Trash TV.” Journal of Popular Culture, 48.6 (2015): 1089-1107.
  • With Hannah Bellwoar. “Crafting Online Spaces: Identity and Materiality: An Interview with Hannah Bellwoar.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Special issue on Social Media. 19.3 (2015).
  • “Examining Digital Literacy Practices on Social Network Sites.” Research in the Teaching of English. 47 (2012): 9-37.
  • “The Invisible Interface: MS Word in the Writing Center.” Computers and Composition. 25 (2008): 396-415.

Book Chapters

  • Grad School 2.0: Performing Professionalism on Social Media.” Ed. Stephanie Vie & Douglas Walls. Social Writing/Social Media: Pedagogy, Presentation, and Publics. WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press, 2017.
  • “Physically Present and Digitally Active: Locating Ecologies of Writing on Social Networks.” Ed. Patrick Thomas & Pamela Takayoshi. Literacy in Practice: Writing in Private, Public, and Working Lives. New York: Routledge, 2016. 86-102.
  • With Gail E. Hawisher. “Mapping Literate Lives: Narratives, Languages, and Histories of Place.” Ed. Lewis Ulman, Scott DeWitt, and Cynthia Selfe.  Stories That Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Computers and Composition Digital Press / Utah State University Press, 2013.
  • With Gail E. Hawisher, Paul Prior, Patrick Berry, Steven E. Gump, Cory Holding, Hannah Lee, Christa Olson, and Janine Solberg. “Ubiquitous Writing and Learning: Digital Media as Tools for Reflection and Research on Literate Activity.” Ubiquitous Learning: Emerging Ecologies. Ed. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis. Urbana, IL:  University of Illinois Press, 2009. 254-264.