Our students are the heart and soul of our program and our greatest strength. Dedicated scholars and teachers and good departmental citizens, our students stand out for the professional support they offer each other. One of the highlights of our program is our weekly Chalk and Cheese lunch, an informal professional development seminar run by the third-year cohort for the benefit of the first- and second-year students.
Our students also work together on dissertation writing groups, and many are closely involved in campus and community groups. Explore the exciting work our students are doing or, to learn more about life in the program, contact our program ambassadors.
Anna's research collages together learning and schooling as queer sites for feminist coalition building. Read more…
Aaron's research interests are in hip-hop literacies and writing center pedagogy. A teacher at heart, Aaron is also interested in higher education pedagogies' place in rapidly changing University systems.
Alyse's research interests include composition pedagogy, writing centers, and Asian American rhetoric; she is particularly interested in how rhetoric impacts students' identities and approaches to writing. Read more...
monét’s focus is the strategies African-American and Latinx girls develop and use in order to navigate their academic environment and the impact of teacher intra-racial bias on relationships with students and families. Read more…
Jathan's research interests include learning management systems, digital literacies and rhetorics, online pedagogy, web accessibility, and collaboration. Read more…
For Jathan’s personal website, click here
Carlina is interested in how writer-teachers might activate and participate in poetic process, community archives, and space-making in and beyond the classroom. Read more…
Megan’s research in writing in the sciences, scientific and medical rhetoric, and examining how to better support women in the sciences. Read more…
Marquise's research interests are in how creative writing spaces come into contact with physical places. He's particularly interested in how this process contributes to collective identity formation, resiliency, and educational outcomes for Black communities.
Jason’s research focuses on how modality (re)forms both student and instructor literacies in college composition classrooms. Read more…
Kelly’s research interests focus on the interplay among rhetorical agency, metacognition, and identity: how people (whether novice scholars or newcomers to a private sector organization) language their ways into particular kinds of membership.
Michael is looking forward to spending his time in the E&E program thinking about how peer response can help students not only with their writing skills, but also with social and emotional learning. Read more…
Sarah’s research centers on narrative discourse: how the stories we tell reveal insight into ideology and how stories can activate audiences toward social action. Read more…
Christopher is interested in improving writing instruction and student writing outcomes in secondary classrooms through examination of writing identities and related instructional practices. Read more…
Rusi (Ruth) Li
Ruth Li integrates scholarship in literary, linguistic, and writing studies to investigate college students’ writing about literature. Read more…
Naitnaphit investigates how justice is defined, constructed, and enacted in secondary English methods classes and how those ideas travel from university preparation course work to student teaching classrooms. For her personal website. Read more…
Cassandra (Casey) Otemuyiwa
Casey is interested in teacher education and the linguistics of writing development in secondary English language arts and college composition classes. Read more…
Andrew Appleton Pine
Andrew will continue to read and write about (among other things) accessibility, antiracist pedagogy, and literacy.
Michelle is interested in teacher education and professional development, international education, and in the ways in which technology is transforming learning and the landscape of education. Read more...
Kendon studies how notions of standard language are taken up in composition classrooms. His current research examines how textbooks discuss standard language and how these texts affect classroom interaction. Read more…
Kendon’s personal website can be found here.
Kathryn (Katie) Van Zanen
Katie’s research interests center on ethical negotiation in writing and writing instruction. Her dissertation project examines this among raised-evangelicals writing back to their home communities on social media.
Catherine is researching the relationship between adolescents’ civic engagement and their literacy skills as well as the empowerment of underserved students as it relates to reading and writing.
Kelly's current scholarship focuses on mapping the rhetorical function of swastikas within communities as assemblages of justice or injustice. Read more…
Elizabeth (Adelay) Witherite
Adelay studies how felt senses, such as emotion or other gut reactions, motivate and mediate discussions about social differences (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability). Read more…