In August 2017 I received my PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University, where I worked for 12 years. Before becoming a doctoral student, I directed the SU Writing Center, earned a masters in English from the University of Nevada-Reno, and taught high school English at a small school in Western New York. I’m currently Assistant Professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University.
As a researcher, I’m interested in writers and writing histories of the extracurriculum, specifically those amateur writers who have always made use of the tools and resources at hand to produce and circulate their own writing. For this reason, my dissertation examined shifts in DIY print culture since the popularization of the web and explained how these shifts affect the teaching of writing — both in the classroom and out. I used a range of affective and new materialist methods to explore this history, conceiving of both writing publics and individual authors as assemblages of becoming. The data for this project came from Broken Pencil magazine, where I am also a contributor. To find out what I’ve been up to, please visit my research page.
As a teacher, I’m not only influenced by DIY culture, but my experiences leading and consulting in writing centers. I believe one-to-one models provide rich perspectives on the complex decision-making of authors as they attempt to participate in the meaning-making processes that are so often new to them. Please see my teaching page for more information on courses I’ve taught, and my community literacy to see the kinds of workshops I’ve designed in Syracuse as a graduate student there. And if you’re looking for resources on zines:
In addition to my research and teaching, I enjoy biking, camping, cooking, and crate-digging.