Antonio Byrd

Assistant Professor

Office: 119 Cockefair Hall


Dr. Antonio Byrd joined the English Department in August 2019. He studies how the legacies of Black literacy for liberation carry forward into new technologies and media features. Using qualitative research methods, Dr. Byrd’s current research agenda is learning how Black people access and learn computer programming to address racial and economic inequality in their communities. He is currently working on his book manuscript The Literacy Lives of Black Coders: An Ethnographic Study of a Coding Bootcamp. His undergraduate and graduates courses in writing, rhetoric, and language incorporate social justice frameworks such as critical race theory. Dr. Byrd currently serves on the editorial board for Kairos.

Academic credentials

Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2019)
M.A. in Liberal Arts, emphasis in English, Auburn University at Montgomery (2014)
B.S. in Secondary Education – English/Language Arts, Auburn University at Montgomery (2011)


Black/African American literacies, multimodal composition, technical and professional communication, user experience research, social theories of literacy, digital rhetoric, digital literacies


“Between Learning and Opportunity: A Study of African American Coders’ Networks of Support.” Literacy in Composition Studies, November 2019.

“‘Like Coming Home’: African American Adults Tinkering and Playing Toward a Computer Code Bootcamp.” College Composition and Communication, February 2020.