Sarah Seeley

Lecturer, Communication and Media

Sarah Seeley’s work uses language as a lens for understanding how sociocultural and historic forces shape individual participation in U.S. American social institutions. She is currently revising a manuscript based on her doctoral research. It presents an ethnographic case study of the sociolinguistic strategies used by contingent faculty within an independent writing program at a public research university as a way of analyzing the ideologies that underpin college-level writing instruction.

Seeley’s current work also includes the applications of auto-ethnography as an ancillary method within larger ethnographic projects; the uses of new media platforms in the writing classroom; and the pedagogical applications of DIY culture. Some of her previous work examined public understandings of science and medicine – in particular, the role of patient narratives in constructing the therapeutic efficacy of chiropractic medicine. She has presented her work at venues including the American Ethnological Society, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the American Anthropological Association, the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, and the SUNY Council on Writing.

Prior to joining the faculty at RPI, Seeley taught classes including first-year writing, writing for the social sciences, rhetorics of the DIY movement, theory of composition, language and culture, and world cultures.


Ph.D., Anthropology, Binghamton University