Marilee																 Brooks-Gillies

Marilee Brooks-Gillies

Associate Professor of English
Director of the University Writing Center (2015-2022)
Department: English
(317) 278-2477
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Marilee Brooks-Gillies is an Associate Professor of English and the former Director of the University Writing Center (2015-2022) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her scholarship is situated within cultural rhetorics and focuses on antiracist and decolonial pedagogy and place-making in communities of practice. Her work has been published in Praxis, the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, The Peer Review, and enculturation. She is an editor of Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines as well as special issues of Across the Disciplines and Harlot. She has book chapters in the edited collections Linguistic Justice on Campus, Emotions and Affect in the Writing Center, and Writing Centers and Racial Justice. She currently serves as President of the East Central Writing Centers Association and on the IWCA Inclusion and Social Justice Task Force.



  • PhD Michigan State University 2013
  • MA Central Michigan University 2008
  • BA Alma College 2004



Cultural Rhetorics, Material Rhetorics, Rhetoric History and Theory, First-Year Writing, Teaching Writing, Writing Center Theory and Practice



Center for Research and Learning’s Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Undergraduates, 2020
IU Trustees’ Teaching Award, 2020
Charlevoix Public School’s Alumni Hall of Fame, 2017



*indicates student co-author

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith, editors. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting, WAC Clearinghouse, 2020, This book received honorable mention for the Best Edited Collection on Writing Across the Curriculum. The award is presented every two years to “an edited collection that makes an exceptional contribution to WAC scholarship, including (but not limited to) WAC programming, administration, pedagogy, and impact.”

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, *Varshini Balaji, *KC Chan-Brose, and *Kelin Hull. “Listening Across Experiences: A Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Understanding Power Dynamics and Relationality within a University Writing Center.” Have We Arrived? Revisiting and Rethinking Responsibility in Writing Center Work, a special issue of Praxis, 2022, vol. 19, no. 1,

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, J.M. Dembsey, Lisa Bell, and Duane Theobald. “Writing Center Administrator Guidance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Progression of a Position Statement.” The Peer Review, vol. 5, no. 1, 2021,

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee and Jessica Jorgenson Borchert. “Postpartum ‘Fit’: Making Space for Feminist Mothering and Mom Bodies in Academic Spaces.” Dress Practices as Embodied Multimodal Rhetoric, a special issue of the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, vol. 3, no. 2, 2020,

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee. “Constellations Across Cultural Rhetorics and Writing Centers.” Writing Centers and Relationality: Constellating Stories, a special issue of The Peer Review, 2018,

Powell, Malea, Daisy Levy, Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Maria Novotny, and Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson of The Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab. “Our Story Begins Here: Constellating Cultural Rhetorics Practices.” enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, Issue 18, 2014,

Book Chapters
Giaimo, Genie, Nicole I. Caswell, Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Elise Dixon, and Wonderful Faison. “Remaking IWCA: A Call for Sustained Anti-Racist Change.” Writing Centers and Racial Justice: A Guidebook for Critical Praxis, edited by Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison and Deidre Anne Evans Garriott, University Press of Colorado (expected in 2022)

*Hull, Kelin and Marilee Brooks-Gillies. “Emotional and Embodied Relationality in Writing Center Administration: Attending to Institutional Status, In-Betweenness, and the (Re)Making of Community.” Emotions and Affect in Writing Centers, edited by Janine Morris and Kelly Anne Concannon, Parlor Press, 2022.

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee. “Embracing Difficult Conversations: Making Anti-Racist and Decolonial Writing Center Programming Visible.” Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students, edited by Eunjeong Lee, Jennifer Johnson, Norah Fahim, and Brooke Schreiber, Multilingual Matters, 2022.

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, Elena G. Garcia, and Katie Manthey. “Making Do by Making Space: Graduate Writing Groups as Spaces Alongside Programmatic and Institutional Places.” Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting, edited by Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith, WAC Clearinghouse, 2020,

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee. “Re-membering and Re-locating: Navigating a Shifting Sense of Space, Place, and Self as a Graduate Student.” Metamorphosis: The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students, edited by Andrea Davis and Suzanne Webb, Fountainhead Press, 2017, pp. 13-34.

Special Issues
Buck, Amber, Megan Condis, Kristin Prins, Marilee Brooks-Gillies, and Martha Webber, editors. Craft and DIY Rhetorics, special issue of Harlot: a revealing look at the arts of persuasion, issue 14, 2015.

Brooks-Gillies, Marilee, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie Smith, editors. Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines, special issue of Across the Disciplines, vol. 12, no. 3, 2015,



International Writing Centers Association Inclusion and Social Justice Task Force, 2020-present; President, East Central Writing Centers Association, 2020-present; Vice President, East Central Writing Centers Association, summer 2020; At-Large Representative, East Central Writing Centers Association, 2016-2020; Board member, Cultural Rhetorics Consortium, 2016-present; Director, IUPUI University Writing Center, 2015-2022; Conference organizing team, Cultural Rhetorics Conference Oct-Nov 2014.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

  • Cultural Rhetorics
  • Antiracist and decolonial pedagogy
  • Space/Place rhetorics
  • Embodied rhetorics
  • Material rhetorics
  • Mentoring
  • Undergraduate research
  • Graduate education
  • Writing Center theory and practice
  • Rhetoric history and theory


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