Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, PhD

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch PhD

Assistant Director, Writing Programs

Assistant 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

  • Visual rhetoric of pscyhopharmaceutical advertising
  • The intersection of psychiatry and law
  • Case studies in the history of psychiatry
  • Mood memoirs
  • 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. 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. She is the recipient of a Bright Idea Award (2009) and was nominated for a Lindback Award in 2011.

Selected Scholarly Activity

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: FOW, Room 137
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