Professor of English

Office: ASC 3054
Phone: (231) 591-5899


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.S., Ferris State University
  • M.A., Ball State University
  • B.A., Michigan State University


Nate Garrelts specializes in composition-rhetoric, cultural studies, and contemporary American literature. He is especially interested in helping writers, readers, viewers, and players develop critical media literacy. In addition to publishing on topics ranging from instructional comics to film representations of pimps, he has edited four collections on digital games. His first book, Digital Gameplay (2005), examined the intersections between games and gamers. Later books help readers understand a single game or franchise by presenting multiple academic perspectives. These books include The Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto (2006), Understanding Minecraft (2014), and Responding to Call of Duty (2017). 

Prior to coming to Ferris he served as a writing center director, writing program coordinator, and primary investigator on several grants. Currently he teaches upper-level writing courses in the English, Literature, and World Languages department and a Geographic Information Systems graduate course for students in the Accountancy, Finance, and Information Systems department.

Employed at Ferris since 2009