- PhD in English: Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville
- MA in English, St. Bonaventure University
- BA in English, Abilene Christian University
Writing for social change, community literacy, digital rhetoric and writing, professional writing
I research how people learn to create change in their local commuities by analyzing the informational, material, and institutional barriers they face and the structures that enable them to connect their interests in social justice with local action.
I always aim for my students to learn how to use writing not only to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them, but also to create real change in their local communities. In many of my classes, we connect in-class learning with community projects in the city, helping students put their coursework into action and working to better the world around them.
What are your expectations of students?
I try to create a space where students and I collaborate to become better writers by thinking deeply about texts and their work in the world and composing such texts ourselves. I ask that students show up ready to do that work together as kind, thoughtful collaborators with me, with each other, and with visitors and community partners.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I know this will be a shocking answer for an English professor, but I read a lot. I also bake a lot of bread and love spending time with friends and family, especially over a good meal.