Originally from north eastern PA, I am a writer, writing teacher, and researcher, among other things. Currently, I am completing my PhD in Syracuse University’s Composition and Cultural Rhetorics Program; under the direction of Eileen Schell, I am planning to defend my dissertation,“The Epistemologies They Carry: An Investigation of Feminist Writing Assignments,” in early 2016.
With an M.A. from Binghamton University in English literature and a B.A. from SUNY Fredonia in music performance and English, I have a diverse background in writing and the arts. My interest in rhetoric & composition developed from my own early struggles with writing, and then, working with struggling undergraduate writers while reading about writing pedagogies and theories that empower student writers.
In my writing and research, I’m interested in the relationships that develop in writing classrooms, both between teachers and students and between students and their writing. More specifically, I’ve been looking at how feminist writing assignments work as texts to create relationships between students and their writing as well as their understanding of what’s possible.
This website offers an overview of my research and dissertation as well as a portfolio of my teaching materials. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or share similar research interests!