I’m a first year M.A. student in the comp/rhet program. My interest in rhetoric began as a passion for political science, especially as it relates to human rights policy. In my study of historical and contemporary genocides, I found that intra and international violence often begins with the rhetorical treatment of a group of people. In particular, I felt an urgency to understand the origins of irresponsible and exploitative policies in the Middle East and Africa, enacted by Western governments. This drew me to postcolonial literature and testimonies of oppression. I am also interested in how writing communities are involved in the production of these narratives that are then circulated in the international community. I’m excited to explore the treatment of such narratives in this class and to expand my knowledge of contemporary African authors.