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Kyle Boggs

Assistant Professor

kyleboggs@boisestate.edu

LA-209H

Dr. Kyle Boggs specializes in rhetoric & composition and nonfiction writing. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a longtime environmental journalist and community writer for a northern Arizona independent newspaper, contributing over 90 articles over the span of a decade. His journalism still occasionally appears elsewhere, such as High Country News. During this time, he also worked as a community educator for a sexual violence prevention and education program. He is also an avid trail runner and mountain biker. He brings these experiences and commitments to his scholarly work, which interrogates how various forms of in/exclusion, belonging, and dominant ways of being are embedded in rhetorics of “the environment” and “the outdoors.” This work requires an understanding of rhetoric that is dependent on the relationships between material reality and discourses that produce and are produced by it. 

He is currently putting these ideas to work to articulate the simple and complex ways that white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and settler colonialism produce and are sustained by rhetorics of outdoor recreation. His book manuscript, tentatively titled, Recreational Colonialism: Rhetoric and White Settlers in Spaces of Outdoor Recreation considers many different sites of inquiry, and revisits an issue he covered extensively as a journalist involving expansions by the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort on the San Francisco Peaks in what is now northern Arizona, and Indigenous resistance to development on the mountain held sacred by at least 13 tribes. The concept developed and deployed in this book, recreational colonialism, attends to the ways in which place-based belongings are constituted by white settlers through outdoor recreation. Ultimately, he hopes the book invites us to grapple with and challenge supremacist systems as they have been narrated through rhetorical practices on so-called “public land.” 

Education

  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, Tucson, AZ
  • MA., Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Graduate Certificate, Gender Studies, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • BA., English, Professional Writing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Interests

Cultural and environmental rhetorics, rhetorics of the outdoors, visual and spatial rhetorics, white settler colonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, new materialisms, community literacy, advocacy writing, composition, argumentation, and writing in the disciplines

Publications

  • “Mountain Biking, Writing, and Reckoning.” In Writers’ Stories in Motion: Healing, Joy, and Triumph. Edited by Laura Gray-Rosendale. Peter Lang Publishing. 2020.
  • “The Rhetorical Landscapes of the Alt-Right and the Patriot Movements: Settler Entitlement to Native Land.” In The Far Right and the Environment: Politics, Discourse, and Communication. Edited by Bernhard Forchtner. Routledge. 293-309. 2019.
  • “The Material-Discursive Spaces of Outdoor Recreation: Rhetorical Exclusion and Settler Colonialism at the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.” Ecocosmologies and “Western” Epistemologies, special issue of Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, vol. 11, no 2, 175-196. 2017.

Public Writing

Courses

ENGL 204 Nonfiction Writing

ENGL 401 Advanced Nonfiction Writing

ENGL 304 Argument

ENGL 310 Writing, Advocacy, and Leadership

ENGL 492 Senior Capstone in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

ENGL 562 Rhetorical Theory