Tika Lamsal

Tika Lamsal

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Tika Lamsal earned his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from University of Louisville. He teaches courses on rhetoric and composition, cross-cultural communication, and global rhetorics in both Rhetoric and Language Department and MA in Professional Communication Program. Through the lens of critical ethnography, his research examines the intersection of linguistic, cultural, and multimodal literacies of Bhutanese refugees in U.S. contexts to demonstrate how the refugees negotiate their ways to academic, cultural, and economic transition by using their linguistic and cultural repertoires in the new locale of their migration.

His other research areas include digital and translingual composition, non-Western rhetorics, and multilingual writing. In addition to his contribution as an author for a collaborative book, Business Communication: Theory and Practice, and an editor for Nepal, a Shangri-La? Narratives of Culture, Contact and Memory, his work has appeared in JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition; Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies; and Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Along with his teaching and research, he also occasionally writes poems, short stories, and articles in both English and Nepali. When he is not teaching and field working, Tika loves to sing, hike, and practice yoga and meditation.

Research Areas

  • Digital and translingual composition
  • Non-Western rhetorics
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Multilingual writing


  • Co-Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee
  • Interim Program Director, Academic English for Multilingual Students Program


  • University of Louisville, Ph.D. in English Rhetoric and Composition, 2014
  • University of Louisville, MA in English Rhetoric and Composition, 2009
  • Tribhuvan University, MA in English Literature, 1998

Prior Experience

  • Lecturer of English, Tribhuvan University
  • Composition Instructor, University of Louisville
  • Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Language, University of San Francisco

Selected Publications

  • Nepal, a Shangri-La? Narratives of Culture, Contact and Memory
  • Business Communication: Theory and Practice
  • 'Find something you know you can believe in’: The effects of dissertation retreats on graduate students as writers
  • Globally digital, digitally global: Multimodal literacies among Bhutanese refugees in the United States