My name is Marnie Ritchie. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Pacific Lutheran University. I earned my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Language in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
In general, my research is at the intersection of rhetorical studies, critical/cultural studies and methods, critical surveillance and security studies, and affect theory. I research how national security rhetoric manipulates affects, especially minor, "icky" affects, to control racialized populations during war. A central premise of my work is that US national security, war, and surveillance become justified through the modulation and regulation of affect, which, because of its ineffability, evades critical evaluation. You can read more about my published works under "Research."
When I am not working, I enjoy reading interesting facts about plants and animals, collecting cheap 80s vinyl records, and spending time with my cat Lenu. I also have a passion for Nietzsche, so I am usually reading something by him.
Latest: On the responsibility of the university during a crisis of national maturity 👶🏼: https://citizencritics.org/2019/04/our-idiot-president/.