I am from Nepal. I am an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Writing at Virginia Tech University. I received my Doctorate degree (PhD) in Rhetoric and Composition from the Department of English at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
Currently, I am working on a book, Transnational Assemblages: Social Justice Oriented Technical Communication in Global Disaster Management. With case studies of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake & 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, this book provides strategies for researchers and practitioners in rethinking digitally complex, varied modes of risk and crisis communications in global disaster management via social justice and transcultural frameworks.
My scholarship is informed via non-western rhetorical traditions and practices that I acquired via my community in Nepal. My teaching is focussed on community engagement where I guide students on navigating transnational spaces via multicultural communication, technology, and service-learning.
I am also one of the founding members and former moderator of #NextGen, the first international graduate student listserv.
I have two Masters Degree in English. Before investing myself fully in this scholarly journey, I worked as an English News Reader and Editor for Nepal’s national Radio – Radio Nepal for eight years and also worked as a journalist for Nepal Bureau of China’s official- Xinhua News Agency for almost three years. Leaving journalism, I invested myself in the world of Professional Writing by taking jobs as “Communications Officer / Associate” by working with non-profit organizations including the United Nations. Meanwhile, I enjoy writing fiction, poetry and monologues in my personal blog as well as local newspapers back home in Nepal. I also curate them in my personal blog: The Coffee House Revival
Here’s my Cv: Baniya.CV.20