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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Graduate Students in Rhetoric and Composition

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Kathleen Marie Baldwin

Kathleen Marie Baldwin received her BA in English with minors in French and Ethnic Studies, and her MA in English/Teaching English as Second Language at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. As a Composition and Rhetoric Ph. D. Candidate, Kathleen’s interests include writing assessment and new media. She also investigates issues of race and language in relation to assessment and new media. She is currently writing her prospectus. Kathleen’s dissertation project, a mixed-method qualitative study, explores approaches to assessing multimodal texts in the K-16 writing classroom. Kathleen presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2011 and 2012, Computers and Writing in 2011, and Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference in 2010. Kathleen is also currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Mya Poe of Penn State on a multi-year study investigating race, identity, and writing assessment.

“Alternative Rhetorics, Alternative Assessments: Evaluating Marginalized Englishes.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. July 2010.
“Moving into the Aural Dimension: New Media Rhetorics in FYC.” Computers and Writing. Ann Arbor, Michigan. May 2011.
“Alternative Rhetorics, Alternative Assessments: Evaluating Marginalized Englishes.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta. Georgia. March 2011.
“‘What We Really Value’: Uncovering The Language of Multimodal Assessment.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, Missouri. March 2012.

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Joshua Barsczewski

Joshua Barsczewski came to UMass to study Composition and Rhetoric after first getting a degree in English literature at University of Pittsburgh. His interests are many, but include: cultural studies pedagogy, performance studies, queer theory, biopolitics, and histories of writing instruction. He is particularly interested in studying the way(s) writing is valued or not in the so-called knowledge economy or Information Age.

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Leslie J. Bradshaw

Leslie is interested digital writing and cultures of the Web. Her dissertation project looks at online food writing to consider how technologies of power influence expressions of subjectivity and subject formation. She is specifically interested in how attention-structures and communicative capitalism impact the circulation and valuation of writerly subjectivities online.

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Chris Edwards

Chris is a MA/PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. His current interest is learning effective pedagogy, which he can use in his own classroom and also work to improve it on a larger scale in our country. One area he plans to explore is classical models of rhetorical training, specifically the Greek Progymnasmata, and seeing if/how they can be blended with more modern theories to create a more effective writing classroom. Aside from in-classroom pedagogy, he is also fascinated with writing centers and writing center theory. Chris hopes to support the writing center at UMass as well as join the larger national community and further educate himself about writing centers today.

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John Gallagher

John is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric, focusing on audience in digital spaces and the Internet. John sees writing as a social practice, and encourages that view in his classroom. He currently using explorations of the discourse conventions of interactive web-texts as a way to examine audience(s). John Rhetoric Society Quarterly and graphic novels for fun and can be found in coffee shops throughout the Amherst area. He prefers to see tattooing as a form of writing.

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Travis D. Grandy

Travis Grandy is a PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric. He received his BA in English and Law, Societies & Justice from the University of Washington Seattle in 2008. His research areas include genre theory, critical discourse analysis, WAC/WID, and digital humanities.


“Death of the Author 2.0 and Other Reflections on Design and Audience,” Computers and Writing, Pullman, WA, June 2013.

"Institutional Rhetoric and Writing at a State University: 'Long Live the New Writing Program,'" UMass English Graduate Conference, Amherst, MA, March 2014.

“Rumblr on the Tumblr: Rhetorical Action & Participatory Audiences," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, March 2013.

“Convergence in the Classroom: Exploring New Media in Composition," Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, March 2012.

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Andrea Griswold

Andrea is an 8th grade middle school teacher. She earned her BA and MA in English literature at UMass Amherst and is slowly working on her doctorate in Comp/Rhet. She is particularly interested in critical pedagogy, writing workshop and writing assessment. She has five children and one husband with whom she lives in Shelburne Falls.

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Emma Howes

Emma is a doctoral candidate in Composition and Rhetoric, looking at the presence and use of literacies among Appalachian women who migrated into textile mills of North and South Carolina, between 1880 and 1920. Archival research for this project has allowed her to explore the holdings of large universities, small textile museums, and local libraries in both New England and the Carolinas on her search to uncover details of the literate lives of working women within company-maintained towns. Emma's work is guided by a materialist feminist lens and scholarship on rural literacies. Her interests include feminist theory, literacy studies, Appalachian studies and history, archival methodologies, and working class studies.

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Florianne Jimenez

Florianne Jimenez is interested in rhetoric and composition theory as applied outside the United States, cultural rhetorics, and bringing the postcolonial into rhet/comp. She is also an award-winning non-fiction writer, and her work has been internationally published in an anthology of new Philippine writing in English (

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Jenny Krichevsky

Jenny Krichevsky received her BA in English Literature and her MA in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jenny is the Assistant Director of the UMass Amherst Writing Center, has served as co-chair of the annual UMass English Graduate Conference, and is currently the co-chair of the English Graduate Organization. Entering her last semester of coursework, she is working in Critical University Studies scholarship to engage with the ways representations of nation and citizenship collide with literacy practices and inform pedagogical, administrative, and disciplinary structures.

"The 'Marketable' Student-Citizen: Complicating Institutional Narratives Through Urban Writing Initiatives." Knowledge, Capital, Critique: The University and the Humanities in the Ongoing Transformation of Capitalism. American Comparative Literature Association. New York City, NY. March 2014.

"‘Modern Democratic Friendship’ and the Exigence of Teaching Facebook." Bridging the Gap: Integrating Social Media into the College Writing Classroom. Northeast Modern Language Association. Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

"Dialogue in the Blog: Re-Animating Dialogic Relations by Tracing Digital Genres." Civic Discourse in Digital Spaces: Exigence and Action. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2013.

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hari stephen kumar

hari stephen kumar received his MA in Communication from UMass Amherst in 2011 and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2000. For his PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, hari is focused on decolonizing the performing and teaching of academic writing. He has published articles on performance autoethnography and critical cultural studies in the journals Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, and Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. His article "'I was born ... No you were not!': Birtherism and Political Challenges to Personal Self-Authorizations" is forthcoming in the journal Qualitative Inquiry. hari has presented at the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, the National Communication Association Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the UMass English Graduate Conference. For more, please see his website:

"The Good, the Better, and the Beautiful: Between(er) Cowboys and Indians Decolonizing the West." Co-authored by hari stephen kumar and Claudio Moreira. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. December 2012.
"'I Was Born ... No You Were Not!' : Birtherism and Political Challenges to Personal Self-Authorizations." Forthcoming in Qualitative Inquiry.

Lee Anne Smith White Award for best UMass graduate essay in American Studies. 2012. Walker Gibson Award for best UMass graduate essay in Composition and Rhetoric. 2012.

UMass Writing Program Resource Center Staff Fellowship, 2012.
UMass SBS Online Fellows Fellowship, 2013.

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Katelyn Litterer

Kate Litterer received her BA in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh ('09) and her MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers ('13). She is currently pursing an MA/PhD in Composition and Rhetoric and an Advanced Feminist Studies Certificate (projected '19). Her current research interests include feminist research methodologies, working class experience, archival research, critical pedagogy, queer theory, extracurricular writing, and questions of access and agency in first year writing courses.

Kate's poems have been published in the following journals: Phantom Limb, Jellyfish, Ilk, The Destroyer, inter|rupture, Sixth Finch, Coconut, Forklift Ohio, Route 9 Journal, and h_ngm_n. She is included in the anthology Please Excuse This Poem (forthcoming from Viking, Penguin in 2015). For more, please see her poetry website:

"Building a Course Arc Through Terminology." Engaging Practices: A UMass Boston Conference on the Teaching of Composition. The University of Massachusetts Boston. Boston, Massachusetts. April, 2014.

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Kelin Loe

Kelin Loe received her MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2012) and her BA in Literatures in English and in Asian Studies with a concentration in China area studies from St. Olaf College (2008). She is currently working on her MA/PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Her current research interests are in the crossover between rhetoric and poetics, creative writing and composition. She is the author of the chapbook The Motorist, published by minutesBOOKS (2010). Her poetry can be found online in jubilat, H_NGM_N, and Jellyfish Magazine.

"Biblicality." jubilat. January 2013.

Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award, judged by Juliana Spahr, for work in poetry that constitutes substantial and worthy achievement over of the poet's career. 2011.

Glosband Fellowship, judged by Zachary Schomburg, awarded to recognize and support poets of exceptional merit and promise at a critical stage of their progress. 2012.

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Liane Malinowski

Liane is a PhD candidate in the Composition-Rhetoric program, a Teaching Assistant in the Writing Program, and a tutor at the UMass Writing Center. Her research interests include feminist theory, 19th century histories of rhetoric, archival methodologies, and community literacy. Liane's dissertation project explores the rhetorical practices of women who worked in settlement houses in major US cities between 1889 and 1915.

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Jessica Ouellette

I am currently a Ph.D. student studying in the fields of Composition/Rhetoric and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. My research interests include transnational feminist theory, political economy theory, and theories of circulation. I am most interested in using transnational feminist theories and methods to look at the various processes of textual circulation and mediation within a political/economic/global framework. I've taught many sections of College Writing, as well as courses on Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture. I currently teach professional writing, web design, and digital writing to undergraduates in the Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) program.

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Jessie Priest

Jessie is a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric currently in Areas. He is primarily interested in Critical Pedagogy, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Centers, and Ecological Composition. Jessie received his MA in English with a focus in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011, and his BA in English and History from the University of Maine Orono in 2009.

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Christian Pulver

Christian Pulver is currently a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at UMass. His dissertation research centers around writing as an ecological phenomenon and the social, economic, and environmental implications of digital writing technologies.Other areas of interest include Epicurean rhetoric, popular representations of masculinity, and the discourses of prohibition movements and the "war" on drugs.

"The Velocity of Data: Towards a Materialist Reading of Digital Rhetoric." Thomas R. Watson Conference: Economies of Writing. Louisville, KY. October 2012.
"Netizens in the Age of Big Data." University of Massachusetts English Graduate Conference: Citizenship and Its Discontents: Belonging in a Global World. March 2013.

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Airlie Sattler Rose

In the moments we actively produce written language, some of us hear a voice in our mind. Most of us perceive a voice as we read. Psycholinguistic theories call this voice inner speech. Airlie is working to bring together Psycholinguistic theories of inner speech with theories of voice and performance in Composition. This pursuit is driven by her desire to integrate her previous scholarship in Poetry (MFA) and Zoology (ABD) into her current work in Comp-Rhet. It is also fueled by her passion for responding to writing of all sorts. In the future, she plans to bring this research agenda into the domain of her constant love: the community building and one-to-one pedagogy of writing center work.

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