Cara Messina

Assistant Professor
210 Stone Center   

Cara Marta Messina is a Professional Writing faculty member with a focus on digital rhetoric. Her research and teaching interests include fan studies, the writing & rhetoric of coding, intersectional feminism, digital humanities, mixed methods, and game studies. She proposed and created the new Game Studies minor at JSU.

She received the 2019 Kairos Teaching Award and honorable mention for the 2021 Computers and Composition Hugh Burns Distinguished Dissertation Award. She is on the editorial board for Kairos; a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Taskforce on Assessing Whiteness for Equity, Understanding, and Change; and is the communications officer for the Writing and Rhetoric of Code. Her work appears in the Journal of Writing Analytics, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Spark: A 4C4Equality Journal, Composition Forum, and several edited collections.

Cara Messina

Courses Taught:

  • EH 141 Speech
  • EH 252 Introduction to Game Studies
  • EH 322 Technical Writing
  • EH 330 Writing for the Web
  • EH 332 Writing for Podcasts


  • Ph.D. in English with a focus on Writing & Rhetoric from Northeastern University in 2021
  • M.A. in English from St. John's University in 2015
  • B.A. in English from St. John's University in 2014

Other Responsibilities

  • Digital Writing Lab Advisor
  • English Department Webmaster
  • EH 141 Speech Taskforce Member
  • Reading Series Committee Member
  • Recruitment and PR Committee Member
  • SafeZone Facilitator