Faculty Name

Alexandria Lockett


Assistant Professor





Office Location

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 305


Ph.D., English (Rhetoric and Composition), Pennsylvania State University
M.A., English (Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies), University of Oklahoma
B.A., English, French, Truman State University


In the capacities of tutor, consultant, mentor, editor, career assistant, writing program administrator, and instructor, I have worked with diverse groups of college writers representing all classification levels (undergraduate and graduate students) from a range of ethnic/racial/economic/able-bodied backgrounds including multilingual (ESL) and first-generation students. At Spelman, I am privileged to serve the oldest historically Black college (HBCU) for women.

My research and pedagogy explores the relationship between new media technologies, emergence, and expression. More specifically, I focus on how humans make meaning in the complex contexts of 'big data' and 'big brother.' This issue drives my dedication to the teaching and practice of the arts of rhetoric and composition.

These subjects offer a space to cultivate meta-awareness, which is inextricably related to the quality of human life. Many humans may have access to unprecedented amounts of information, but we need knowledge to comprehend its utility, and to take novel risks to adapt to its implications. Meta-cognition brings us closer to our fundamental need to access and pursue a lifelong global, transdisciplinary education.

Since I am committed to curiosity and play, I participate in netizenship and Free/Libre Open Source Software advocacy. I prefer GNU/Linux operating systems and enjoy the challenge of learning programming languages in my spare time. 

Courses Taught

First-Year Composition (ENG 103)
Honors First-Year Composition (ENG 193)
Argumentation (ENG 329)
Rhetoric of Advertising (ENG 384)
Writing and Editing Digital Media (ENG 390)

Research Interests

Digital Rhetoric
Cultural Rhetoric
Visual Rhetoric
Grammar and Style
Surveillance Studies
New Media Studies
Writing Program Administration