Virtual Summer Internships South Africa - Instructor

Virtual – Human Rights and Social Impact (South Africa)

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Melissa Bender

University Writing Program (UWP)

Melissa Bender is a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. She also holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the editor of Contested Commemoration in U.S. History (Routledge, 2020), author of Who’s Your Source? (Broadview Press, 2019) and Twenty Writing Assignments in Context (McFarland, 2017) and the translator of La Caricature 1830-1835 (Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 2017), a collection of 19th century French political cartoons. She has taught writing for over twenty-five years and currently teaches courses in visual rhetoric, history writing, science writing, and writing in the health professions. She has led UC Davis summer abroad programs in England, France, and Italy, and a quarter abroad program in Sydney, Australia.  In summer 2018, she led a USA study course, which studied the visual rhetoric of the iconic American landmarks of Washington D.C. and New York City.