Saint Martin's University

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis

Title and discipline: associate professor, English; director, Writing Center

Contact information
Office location: O'Grady L-3
Phone: 360-438-4533

Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Martin's University. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 2007. A theatre and travel enthusiast, she also has a Masters degree in Theatre and a Masters degree in English with an emphasis in TESL and has taught abroad in both Japan and the Czech Republic.

Nathalie is passionate about teaching rhetoric and composition and exploring the relationship between civic discourse and social justice in her classes. Nathalie teaches journalism and writing classes for the Writing Minor as well as first year composition.  In her writing courses, Nathalie uses her expertise in rhetorical theory and criticism to teach students how to write and research ethical topics such as war, land, energy and public health. 

In one course, for example, Nathalie developed the political rhetoric project and asked students to create a political rhetoric glossary by identifying key political terms and defining and explaining how these terms fit within larger political contexts. Students then wrote an explanatory report analyzing the communicative role that words play in framing political issues.

In another course that she co-taught with Anthropologist, Dr. David Price, Nathalie asked students to write a collaborative investigative report on funding for Enduring Presence Posts in the 2009 omnibus bill.

Part detective/ part investigative researcher, and part corrective comedian, Nathalie enjoys teaching and doing administrative work and uncovering the mysteries of how things operate. She is the Director of the Writing Center and has also developed and now oversees the Writing Minor. She revived the student newspaper, "The Belltower," developing the first sustainable newspaper on campus. She chairs the Faculty Development Committee and has also worked closely with faculty and the administration and successfully advocated for a substantial increase in faculty development funding for faculty research.

Concerned with the problem of trauma and violence in public life, and drawn by the wisdom of the ancients, Nathalie merged Greek tragedy with contemporary rhetorical theory while examining the aftermath of national tragedy when hijacked planes slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The result was a dissertation on the rhetoric of the War on Terror in Iraq. Nathalie's preoccupation with Greek tragedy and the rhetoric of war has led to an ever deepening interest on the cycle of victimage and the scapegoating of the Other in language use. Nathalie pursues these interests through papers she presents at national and international conferences. She is currently revising these papers for consideration for publication. In her spare time, Nathalie also enjoys writing poems, plays and short stories.

Nathalie lives in Olympia, WA with her husband and daughter. An ardent exercise enthusiast, she enjoys swimming, hiking and biking surrounded by the looming evergreen trees and spacious skies of the Pacific Northwest. A fluent French speaker, Nathalie lived in Quebec city during the summers of her childhood and she occasionally makes her way back to Quebec to visit family and friends.

Areas of interest (professional / personal): Dr. Kuroiwa-Lewis' research interests include Burkean studies, dramatism, classical and contemporary rhetoric, rhetoric of fiction, rhetoric of the media, journalism, political rhetoric, literary theory and American, British and world literature. She has taught in Japan, the Czech Republic and the the United States.

Recent works in progress:

"'Keep[ing] profits at a reasonable low rate:' Public moral argument in FDR's rhetoric of tax equity and citizenship"

"Charasmatic Victimage in Obama's Rhetoric of War in Afghanistan"


A Cupcake Rules the World
Hydraulic Frolicking
Mother with Child
The Coyote
What Milton Said

Short stories:
"The Hidden"

Professional links:
Rhetoric Society Quarterly
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association

Rhetoric resources:
Rhetoric Africa
K.B. Journal
George Lakoff
Maurice Charland, Concordia University
American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry
Presidential Rhetoric
The Internet Classics Archive
The Forest of Rhetoric

Education: B.A., College of St. Scholastica; M.A., SUNY at Albany; M.A., St. Cloud University; Ph.D., University of Arizona