Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, PhD

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch PhD

Assistant Director, Writing Programs

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition


PhD, Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota

MA, Technical and Scientific Communication, James Madison University

MA, British Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest

Research Interests

  • Eating right, eating wrong: orthorexia as a cultural syndrome
  • Veganism, vegetarianism, and animal studies
  • Visual rhetoric of pscyhopharmaceutical advertising
  • The intersection of psychiatry and law
  • Case studies in the history of psychiatry/ insane asylums
  • The history and practice of scientific writing



Dr. Hanganu-Bresch has been teaching first year composition courses as well as Scientific Writing and other undergraduate and graduate writing courses since 2008; she has also been teaching multidisciplinary courses in the General Education program (Medicine & Culture, Intro to Animal Studies). Her research focuses on the history and rhetoric of medicine broadly speaking and of psychiatry in particular, as well as on the practice of scientific and technical communication. Recently, she has been looking into the emergence of a new eating disorder diagnosis, orthorexia, or the obsession with eating right. Dr. Hanganu-Bresch is also interested in critical animal studies and in particular in veganism as an embodied social, political, and rhetorical practice. She is the recipient of a Bright Idea Award (2009) and was nominated for a Lindback Award in 2011 and 2016. She has been the recipient of an American Philosophical Society Franklin travel fellowship in 2012, and of a residential fellowship with the Brocher Foundation, Switzerland in 2018. From 2016 to 2018, she served as president of the Faculty Senate at University of the Sciences. In the Fall of 2018, Dr. Hanganu-Bresch has started serving as an Associate Editor for CompPile.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Works in Progress

Hanganu-Bresch, C. Better Than Well: Orthorexia, or the Rhetoric of Eating Right. Under contract with Lexington Books (Health Communication Series). Manuscript submission date: December 2019.


Hanganu-Bresch, C. & Berkenkotter, C. Diagnosing Madness: The Discursive Construction of the Psychiatric Patient, 1850–1920. South Carolina University Press. Forthcoming, Fall 2019.

Everett, J. & Hanganu-Bresch, C. (Eds.) (2016). A Minefield of Dreams: Promises and Perils of Independent Writing Programs. WAC Clearinghouse & Colorado State University Open Press.

Articles and Chapters

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). What should I not eat? Cleansing foods. H-Net Nutrition & Remedia Network. Link:

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2018). Neitherfemme. Women and Language 40(1). Special issue: Nasty (Wo)manifestos: Remixing Feminisms for Social Change. Multimedia installation + artist statement. Link: .

Hanganu-Bresch, C. (2017). What’s in a meme? The 2016 CCCC Intellectual Property Annual: A Publication of the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, pp. 16-23. Link:

Berkenkotter, C., Hanganu-Bresch, C., Dreher, K. (2015). Descriptive psychopathology in asylum case histories: The case of John Horatio Baldwin. In Gotti, M., Maci S., & Sala, M. (Eds.), Insights into Medical Communication, pp. 91-110. Bern: Peter Lang.

Hanganu-Bresch, C., Berkenkotter, C. “Narrative Survival: Personal and Institutional Accounts of Asylum Confinement.” Literature and Medicine 30(1), 2012: 12–41.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. “Treat Her with Prozac: Four Decades of Direct-to-Physician Antidepressant Advertising.” In Drugs & Media: New Perspectives on Communication, Consumption and Consciousness. Edited by Robert C. MacDougall. New York: Continuum. 2012: 166-192.

Berkenkotter, C., Hanganu-Bresch, C. “Occult Genres and the Certification of Madness in a 19th Century Victorian Asylum.” Written Communication. 28(2), 2011: 220-250.

Hanganu-Bresch, C. “Science Writing, Writing Science: Adapting the Writing Curriculum to a Science-Oriented Institution.” In WPA 2010 Conference Proceedings. Eds. Charles Lowe and Terra Williams. Available at Jan. 2011.

Contact Information

Office location: Whitecar Hall, 2708
Mailing address: Box 88
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8892

c [dot] hanganu-bresch [at] usciences [dot] edu