Amber Buck’s research considers literate activity as situated within social, cultural and technological ecologies and asks how technologies influence writers, writing processes, and identities. She considers the ways that individuals use specific writing technologies and how they integrate these technologies within their daily lives. Her recent work examines the writing and identity practices of social network site users.

Professor Buck is currently a Project Editor for Computers and Composition Digital Press, an imprint of Utah State University Press.


PhD, English and Writing Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

MA, English and Composition, Ball State University

BA, English, Albion College

Scholarship / Publications

“Tracing Literate Activity on Social Network Sites.” Research in the Teaching of English, 47 (2012): 9-38.

“The Invisible Interface: MS Word in the Writing Center.”  Computers and Composition, 25 (2008): 396-415.  

“Ubiquitous Writing and Learning: Digital Media as Tools for Reflection and Research on Literate Activity.”  With Gail E. Hawisher, Paul Prior, Patrick Berry, Steven E. Gump, Cory Holding, Hannah Lee, Christa Olson, and Janine Solberg. Ed. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis.  Ubiquitous Learning: Emerging Ecologies. Urbana, IL:  University of Illinois Press, 2009. 254-264.

Digital Chapter
“Mapping Literate Lives: Narratives, Languages, and Histories of Place.”  With Gail E. Hawisher. Ed. Lewis Ulman, Scott DeWitt, and Cynthia Selfe.  Stories That Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Computers and Composition Digital Press / Utah State University Press, forthcoming.

Professional Designer for chapter in The New Work of Composing.
Prior, Paul. “New Scholarly Genres: A Response.” Ed. Debra Journet, Cheryl Ball, Ryan Trauman. The New Work of Composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press / Utah State University Press, 2012.