Antonio Byrd

Assistant Professor

Office: 119 Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-2764 x3


Having joined the English Language and Literature faculty in 2019, Professor Byrd studies computer programming as a literacy and how Black/African Americans access and learn computer programming to address racial and economic inequality in their communities. In his spare time, Dr. Byrd enjoys having conversations over food, losing at bar trivia, and playing the Nintendo Switch.

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, digital writing, technical and professional writing, college composition


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

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