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.& Flaherty, K. (2020). Effective scientific communication: The other half of science. [Textbook]. In press with 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)

Hanganu-Bresch, C.& Kondrlik, K. (Eds.) Veg(etari)an arguments in culture, history, and practice: The V word. Under contract with Palgrave/McMillan (Animal Ethics Series). (Tentative submission/publication schedule: 2020)


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 19thcentury. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease207(9): 805–814. DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001035.

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

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). Neitherfemme. Women 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 confinement. Literature and Medicine 30(1): 12–41.

Berkenkotter, C., Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2011). Occult genres and the certification of madness in a 19th century Victorian asylum. Written 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. (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. Available at

STUDENT-LED PUBLICATION [peer-reviewed journal]

Tanner, B. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2013). The role of epigenetics in regulating obesity. Journal 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 Cărtărescu. Connotation 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 Corpse14


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