Curriculum Vitae

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, PhD


Associate professor with tenure in Writing & Rhetoric at University of the Sciences. Research in rhetoric of health and medicine, with focus on psychiatry; strong interest in animal studies and vegetarianism. Emphasis on multidisciplinary research, scientific writing pedagogy, general education, and service.


2008     PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota, MN

Dissertation:Faces of depression: An analysis of antidepressant advertising in the American and British Journals of Psychiatry, 1960-2004 (May 2008)

2000     MA in Technical and Scientific Communication, James Madison University, VA

            Practicum Project: Website Development and Maintenance Manual for Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, VA (Dec. 2000)

1997     MA in British Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

            Thesis: Constructing Power: The Castle Syndrome(Sep. 1997)

1996     BA in Philology (major: Romanian; minor: English), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

            Thesis: The Balkan Hero in Romanian Literature[in Romanian] (Jul. 1996)



Hanganu-Bresch, C.& Kondrlik, K. (Eds.) (2021) Veg(etari)an arguments in culture, history, and practice: The V word. London:Palgrave/McMillan (Animal Ethics Series).

Hanganu-Bresch, C.& Flaherty, K. (2020). Effective scientific communication: The other half of science[Textbook]. Oxford University Press.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. & Berkenkotter, C. (2019). Diagnosing madness: The discursive construction of the psychiatric patient, 1850–1920.Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press. 

Everett, J. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (Eds.) (2016). A minefield of dreams: Triumphs and travails of Independent Writing Programs. WAC Clearinghouse & Colorado State University Open Press.


Hanganu-Bresch, C., Zerbe, M., Cutrufello, G., Maci, S. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Scientific Communication.Under contract with Routledge (Environmental Communication Series). (Tentative submission/publication schedule: 2021-2022)

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (Ed.) The Rhetorical Construction of Vegetarianism. Under contract with Routledge (Critical Food Studies Series). (Tentative submission/publication schedule: 2021-2022)

Hanganu-Bresch, C. Better than well: Orthorexia, or the rhetoric of eating right. Under contract with Lexington Books (Health Communication Series). (Tentative submission/publication schedule: 2020-2021)


Guest editor for a Special Issue of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine on the theme of “Food as Medicine” (Spring 2021). 


Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2019). Public perceptions of moral insanity in the 19thcenturyJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease207(9): 805–814. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001035.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2019). Orthorexia: Eating right in the context of healthismMedical Humanities. Published online July 29, 2019. DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2019-011681.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). NeitherfemmeWomen and Language 40(1). Special issue:Nasty (Wo)manifestos: Remixing Feminisms for Social Change. Multimedia installation + artist statement.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. & Berkenkotter, C. (2012). Narrative survival: Personal and institutional accounts of asylum confinementLiterature and Medicine 30(1): 12–41.

Berkenkotter, C., Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2011). Occult genres and the certification of madness in a 19th century Victorian asylumWritten Communication28(2): 220-250. 

Doss, M. T., Bowers, S. R. & Hanganu, C. (2001). The transformation of the Romanian criminal justice system. International Journal of Police Science and Management3(3): 226-245. 


Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2020). Immigration as rhetorical act. In press with Inkshed, an imprint of Parlor Press.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2020). Introduction: Legitimation Strategies in Veg(etari)an and Anti-Veg(etari)an Discourses. In Hanganu-Bresch, C. & Kondrlik, K. (Eds.) Veg(etari)an arguments in culture, history, and practice: The V word. Palgrave/McMillan.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2017). What’s in a meme? The 2016 CCCC Intellectual Property AnnualA Publication of the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, pp. 16-23. Available at

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2016). Qvo vadis, Independent Writing Programs? Writing about writing and rhetorical education. In Everett, J. & C. Hanganu-Bresch (Eds.). A minefield of dreams: Triumphs and travails of Independent Writing Programs, pp. 193-212. WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. 

Everett, J. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2016). Introduction: Toward a schema of Independent Writing Programs. In Everett, J. & C. Hanganu-Bresch (Eds.). A minefield of dreams: Triumphs and travails of Independent Writing Programs, pp. 3-19. WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. 

Berkenkotter, C., Hanganu-Bresch, C., Dreher, K. (2015). Descriptive psychopathology in asylum case histories: The case of John Horatio Baldwin. In Gotti, M., Maci S., & Sala, M. (Eds.), Insights into medical communication, pp. 91-110. Bern: Peter Lang. 

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2012). Treat her with Prozac: Four decades of direct-to-physician antidepressant advertising. In MacDougall, R. C. (Ed.), Drugs & media: New perspectives on communication, consumption and consciousness, pp. 166-192. New York, NY: Continuum. 

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2011). Science writing, writing science: Adapting the writing curriculum to a science-oriented institution. In Lowe, C. & Williams, T. (Eds.)WPA 2010 Conference Proceedings. Available at

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2009). Mall of America: Consumption and social wilderness. In D. Brown, C. Chaput, & M.J. Braun (Eds.) Entertaining fear. Bern: Peter Lang: Frontiers in Political Communication Series. 

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2006). Overview of gender in Eastern Europe. In Trauth, E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of gender and information technology. Hershey, PA and London, UK: Idea Group Reference.

Berkenkotter, C. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2004). Of speaking subjects: Freud’s case histories as genre for the mind’s new science. In Text i arbete/Text at work.Institutionen för nordiska spark vid Uppsala Universitet.


Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2013). Patrick McDonagh, Idiocy: A Cultural HistoryJournal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 7(2).

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2008). Architecture as psychiatric treatment: The history of the asylums in the United States. The Review of Communication 8(4).

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2003). Irene Clark: Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of WritingJournal of Technical Writing and Communication 33(4): 388-39



Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). Clean eating and orthorexia as technologies of the self. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities 11(1).

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). What should I not eat? Cleansing foods. H-Net Nutrition & Remedia Network.

STUDENT-LED PUBLICATION [peer-reviewed journal]

Tanner, B. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2013). The role of epigenetics in regulating obesityJournal of Young Investigators 25(4).

POETRY TRANSLATION [peer-reviewed journals]

Sorkin, A. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2016). Let’s make love / So long! In Bucharest / I’m given a copy of ‘Howl’ signed by Ginsberg / Oh, Natalie. . ./ I’d like to be your friend, by Mircea Cărtărescu. Poem: International English Language Quarterly 4(3-4): 348-364.   

Sorkin, A. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2016). The girl with the diamond socks, by Mircea Cărtărescu. Glint Literary Journal 7. 

Sorkin, A. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2013). Love poem, by Mircea CărtărescuConnotation Press


Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2009). The two Bucharests. In Down the block, an anthology by Metrolingua. 


Hanganu-Bresch, C.(2004). The men who ever were. Exquisite Corpse 14 . 


A variety of local interest stories and reports (focus: Philadelphia area, institutions, and history), published in the Rittenhouse Square Revue, 2006-2009. Titles and texts available upon request.


Aug. 2017-present:       Associate Professor (with tenure)and Assistant Director of Writing Programs, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Aug. 2010-Jul. 2017:      Assistant Professor andAssistant Director of Writing Programs, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA

Aug. 2008- Jun. 2010:    Visiting Professor, Writing Programs, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching & Curriculum

Teach a 3/3 load of traditional, hybrid, and online undergraduate and graduate classes, including: 

  • WR 101, Writing & Rhetoric I 
  • WR 102, Writing & Rhetoric II
  • WR 302, Scientific Writing
  • WR 700, Writing for Graduate School
  • MD 221, Medicine & Culture
  • MD 216, Introduction to Animal Studies

Editorial Work

Associate Editor, CompPile, 2018-present

Blog Content Editor, Medical Humanities-BMJ – January 2020-present

Other Academic Appointments

Sep. 2001-May 2006:     Graduate Instructor and Research Assistant, Department of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Worked as RA with Dr. Carol Berkenkotter and Dr. Richard Graff on a variety of research projects
  • Taught Rhetoric 1101, Writing to Inform, Convince, and Persuade, and Rhetoric 3562, Technical Writing

Oct. 1996-Jul. 1997:      Adjunct Instructor, English Department, University of Bucharest, Romania

Taught English (translation/grammar) and British 20th century literature



Sep. 2006—Jul. 2008     Writer/Editorial AssistantRittenhouse Sq. Revue (magazine targeting residents of Center City, Philadelphia) 

Jan.-Jun. 2001                Web Developer (part time)Horizons Group, Harrisonburg, VA

Sept. 1998-Jun. 2001     Administrative Assistant/Technical Editor, William R. Nelson Institute for Public Affairs, James Madison University, VA


2004-2012                    Language Specialist (freelance), RomanianóEnglish. Garden Translations (Minnesota); Lingua Vitae (Illinois); East-West (Hawaii), VistaTec (Ireland)

Sep. 1996-Aug. 2000:     Translator/Interpreter (freelance), Romanian-English 


Jun. 1997-Aug. 1998:     Editor/Presenter/Studio Manager, Radio Romania International, English Service, Bucharest, Romania


Press coverage of “Orthorexia: Eating right in the context of healthism”(Medical Humanities, July 2019):

Interviewed on National Public Radio Marketplaceabout Grumpy Cat’s passing and the role of memes/monetizing memes, based on a previously published paper on memes and intellectual property. May 17, 2019; available at:


Fall 2019           Research sabbatical awarded for the Fall 2019 semester

Jul.-Aug. 2018   Resident fellow with Brocher Foundation, Switzerland (2-month stay). Project: Eating Right: Between obsession and ethics. Culture wars around orthorexia and veganism

Mar. 2016         $2,500 travel grant from conference organizers to attend/present at the Histories of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Psychiatry Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

May 2012          $3,000 American Philosophical SocietyFranklin Research Grant to conduct research at the Wellcome Institute Library and Archives, London, UK

Aug. 1998         BBC Grant to attend BBC English Language Summer School, Twickenham, UK


Jun. 2019          Winner, University of the Sciences Patricia Leahy Award for Learning Innovation. Project: “Sustainable writing support for a medical literature evaluation project in a 2nd year pharmacy course” (With Lisa Charneski, Gary Sloskey, Justin Everett, and Patricia Egbert)

Jun. 2016          Nominated for the Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence

April 2011        Nominated for the Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence

Jun. 2009          Winner, University of the Sciences Bright Idea Teaching Award: “Using Wikis to foster collaborative writing in the Scientific Writing Course”


May 2003          Winner of the Medtronics Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) Fellowship 

Apr. 2001         Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Institute of Technical and Scientific Communication, James Madison University

Jan. 2001           Award of Excellence in the Society for Technical Communication International Online Competition, for the website created for the Institute of Technical and Scientific Communication, James Madison University


  • Founding member, North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS),
  • Member, Rhetoric Society of America (2004-present)
  • Member, National Communication Association (with gaps, since 2006)
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (2008-present)
  • Member, Writing Program Administrators and Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (2008-present) 


InstituteOrganizationLocation /Dates
RSA Career Retreat for Associate ProfessorsRhetoric Society of AmericaMinneapolis, MNMay 31-Jun. 3, 2018
Animal Rhetorics Rhetoric Society of AmericaIndiana UniversityBloomington, INMay 25-27, 2017
Theory Building in the Rhetoric of Health and MedicineRhetoric Society of AmericaWisconsin State UniversityMadison, WIJun. 5-7, 2015
Medical Rhetoric WorkshopRhetoric Society of AmericaPennsylvania State UniversityState College, PA Jun. 26-28, 2009


  • Blog Content Editor, Medical Humanities (a BMJ Journal), Jan. 2020-present. Key responsibilities are: 
    • Seek and solicit well-written and effective content in areas of interest
    • Maintain an up to date knowledge of the field and build relationships which help develop
    • suitable content
    • Write/produce content for the site
    • Select and brief contributors, then support them as needed to produce content
    • Edit submissions, giving constructive feedback to contributors, and ensuring the accessibility of the content to an interdisciplinary audience
    • Take active responsibility for ensuring there is a regular flow of relevant content for the blog
    • Work closely with the Editor-in-Chief and digital projects coordinator to review progress against agreed objectives, identify opportunities and plan for further development.
  • Associate Editor, CompPile (June 2018-present). CompPile is the premiere online repository of writing and rhetoric scholarship; it also offers annotated bibliographies and professional resources for scholars in our field.
    • Index entries for CompPile
    • Coordinate communication with journal editors for purposes of updating CompPile
    • Attend editorial board meetings to discuss CompPile business
    • Summarized and interpreted results of a CompPile survey
    • Co-PI on an ACLS Digital Extension Grant ($150,000) that would allow for modernizing, updating, and expanding CompPile (submitted: 1/8/2020; not funded)
    • Co-PI on an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program Grant, Updating and Diversifying CompPile, an Open-Access Resource for Writing and Rhetoric Scholars. $297,872.
  • Invited referee for several scholarly journals and presses:
  • College English (Feb. 2020)
  • Book proposal reviewer for Routledge – Environment and Sustainability Series (Oct. 2019); Communication Studies Series (August 2020)
  • Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (Aug., Oct. 2018; Jul. 2019)
  • Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médecine (Winter 2017/2018)
  • Medical Humanities (Summer 2017)
  • Written Communication (2012, 2015, 2016)
  • College Literature (2012) 
  • National conference proposal reviewer for: National Communication Association (2017, Health Communication Division), National Council of Teachers of English (2018, College Division)
  • Member, Steering Committee and Web Manager for the Writing about Writing Special Interest Group with CCCC (Conference for College Composition and Communication), 2016-2018
  • Organizer, Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (PWPA) Fall Meeting, Sept. 15, 2017, at University of the Sciences
  • Nominated to be on the Nomination Committee and the Executive Committee of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) College Section (Spring 2016, Spring 2017)
  • CCCC Task Force on Hiring Practices in Rhetoric and Composition (National Council of Teachers of English) – member, main author of the section on interviewing/hiring international applicants
  • Invited reviewer for the James Bishop Memorial Award for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (Oct. 2011)



Accommodating Non-Human Animals in Rhetorical Studies (accepted)Rhetoric Society of America– conference canceled due to COVID-19Portland, OR May 21-24, 2020
Orthorexia’s ecological niche: medical and popular accounts of a new cyberpathyNational Communication Association, Health Communication DivisionBaltimore, MD Nov. 14-17, 2019
Food biopolitics: orthorexia and healthism Rhetoric of Health and Medicine SymposiumOrlando, FL Sept. 5-6, 2019
The animal turn in rhetoric and compositionConference on College Composition and CommunicationPittsburgh, PA Mar. 13-16, 2019
Legitimating meat: the invention of anti-vegan rhetoricRhetoric Society of America Minneapolis, MN May 31-Jun. 3, 2018
Reframing veg*nism as mental disorderRhetoric Society of America Minneapolis, MN May 31-Jun. 3, 2018
Cyberveganism and displaced animalsAmerican Association of Geographers New Orleans, LA Apr. 10-14, 2018
Orthorexia, healthism, and the dynamics of pop psychiatryNational Communication Association; Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and MedicinePhiladelphia, PA Nov. 2016
Moral insanity: An aporetic intersection between psychiatry and law in the 19thRhetoric Society of AmericaAtlanta, GA May 2016
Addressing scientific literacy in upper-level writing coursesNational Council for Teachers of English Minneapolis, MNNov. 2015
Rhetoric, psychiatry, law: An aporetic intersectionDiscourses of Health and Medicine SymposiumCincinnati, OH. Sept. 3-4, 2015
Traditional, hybrid, and online courses: A comparison from the trenchesLilly International Conference on Evidenced-Based Teaching and LearningBethesda, MD May 28 – 31, 2015
Constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing…: Mental disorders, the self, and identity (Panel)National Communication Association Chicago, IL Nov. 20-23, 2014
Arguing psychiatric diagnoses: Mental illness and the law in the 19th centuryRhetoric Society of America San Antonio, TX May 22-25, 2014
Elevatorgate, or the limits of the online rhetorical construction of moralityPopular Culture Association Chicago, IL Apr. 16-19, 2014
The Hinchman Conspiracy caseRhetoric Society of AmericaPhiladelphia, PA May 2012
A digital presence for Writing ProgramsWriting Program Administrators Baton Rouge, LA Jul. 2011
Mommybloggers: Between empowerment and corporatismNational Communication Association ConventionSan Francisco, CA Nov. 2010
Science writing, writing science: Adapting the writing curriculum to a science-oriented institutionWriting Program Administrators) Philadelphia, PA Jul. 2010
The rhetoric of depression and melancholyRhetoric Society of America Minneapolis, MN May 2010
Drug promotion and health reform: Recalls, settlements, and the legitimacy crisis of the health care system (poster)Kentucky Health Communication ConferenceLexington, KY Apr. 2010
Antidepressant advertising: the latest chapter in the illustrated history of depressionRhetoric Society of America Seattle, WA May 2008
Visual semiotics: An overviewNational Communication AssociationBoston, MA Nov. 2005
Recontextualizing Dora: Freud’s rhetorical uses of reported speech. With Carol Berkenkotter.National Communication AssociationChicago, IL
Nov. 2004
Towards a rhetoric of architectural space: The shopping mall and the postmodern flâneurRhetoric Society of America Austin, TX May 2004
Advertising Depression: The Case of PaxilConference on College Composition and CommunicationSan Antonio, TX Mar. 2004
Faces of Depression: Representations of Women in Psychopharmaceutical AdvertisingFourth Biennial International Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Columbus, OH Oct. 2003
Rhetorical Architecture: A Study in Space and TotalitarianismRhetoric and Composition State College, PA Jul. 2003


Digital animals: Memeification, monetization and affect in the age of social mediaEuropean Association for Critical Animal Studies Barcelona, Spain May 22-24, 2019
Veganism, united, against itself: Public perceptions of internecine fights in the vegan communityRhetoric Society of Europe, University of East AngliaNorwich, UK Jul. 3-5, 2017 
Public perceptions of moral insanity in the 19th century Histories of Forensic Psychology and Forensic Psychiatry, University of CanterburyChristchurch, New Zealand Mar. 17-28, 2016
Descriptive psychopathology in asylum case histories: The case of John Horatio Baldwin. With Carol BerkenkotterThe Language of Medicine: Science, Practice and Academia CERLIS, University of BergamoBergamo, Italy Jun. 19-21, 2014
The proof is in the brush stroke: Diagnosing and treating psychiatric patients through artFrom moral treatment to psychotherapeutics: histories of psychotherapies from the York retreat to the present dayUniversity College LondonLondon, UK Oct. 11-13, 2013
Proving (In)sanity in 19th century America: The Hinchman Conspiracy caseInter-Disciplinary Conference on Madness: Probing the BoundariesOxford, UK Sept. 2011
Symptoms in search of a concept. With Carol BerkenkotterInter-Disciplinary Conference on Madness: Probing the BoundariesOxford, UK Sept. 2011
Darkness, visible? The rhetoric of depression in non-medical texts and imagesRhetoric Society of EuropeAntwerp, Belgium Jan. 2011


Before art therapy: Understanding art in the context of mental illnessPhiladelphia Area Center for the History of Science, Fall Symposium Philadelphia, PA Sept. 20, 2013
The Hinchman Conspiracy case revisited: An exploration of Philadelphia’s role in psychiatric historyPhiladelphia Area Center for the History of Science, Fall Symposium Philadelphia, PA Sept. 28, 2012
Gardasil, cervical cancer and moral puritanismFourth Annual History of Women’s Health Conference, PA HospitalPhiladelphia, PA Apr. 21, 2009


Rhetorical refuge for non-human animals (accepted)Rhetoric Society of America– conference canceled due to COVID-19Portland, OR May 21-24, 2020
​​​​​​​Resources, practices, and models for teaching STEM writing for today’s diverse public (Accepted workshop, STEM Writing Interest Group)Conference on College Composition and Communication– conference canceled due to COVID-19Milwaukee, WI Mar. 25-28, 2020
Rhetorics of veg*nismRhetoric Society of America Minneapolis, MN May 31-Jun. 3, 2018
Being sane in insane places: Changing attitudes toward wrongful confinement in the history of psychiatryRhetoric Society of AmericaAtlanta, GA May 2016
Between psychiatry and law: A shadowy borderlandRhetoric Society of America San Antonio, TX May 22-25, 2014
Doubting madness: Historical explorations in the rhetoric of psychiatryRhetoric Society of America Philadelphia, PA May 2012