Graduate Students in Rhetoric and Composition
Kathleen Marie Baldwin
As a Composition and Rhetoric Ph. D. Candidate, my studies are focused on assessment and new media, including the intersection thereof. I also investigate issues of race and language in relation to assessment and new media. I am currently working on my prospectus. My dissertation project, a mixed-method qualitative study, explores approaches to assessing multimodal texts in the K-16 writing classroom.
Leslie J. Bradshaw
I'm interested digital writing and cultures of the Web. My dissertation project looks at online food writing to consider how technologies of power influence expressions of subjectivity and subject formation. I'm specifically interested in how attention-structures and communicative capitalism impact the circulation and valuation of writerly subjectivities online. I'm also an Assistant Director of the Writing Center.
I am a recent admit to UMass Amherst, and my main focus in the English department is Rhetoric and Composition. My current interest is learning effective pedagogy, which I can use in my own classroom and also work to improve it on a larger scale in our country. One area I plan 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, I am also fascinated with writing centers and writing center theory. I hope to support the writing center at UMass as well as join the larger national community and further educate myself about writing centers today.
I am a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric, focusing on audience in digital spaces and the Internet. I see writing as a social practice, and encourage that view in my classroom. I'm currently using explorations of the discourse conventions of interactive web-texts as a way to examine audience(s). I read Rhetoric Society Quarterly and graphic novels for fun and can be found in coffee shops throughout the Amherst area. I prefer to see tattooing as a form of writing. ;)
Travis D. Grandy
I am a third-year MA/PhD student (in coursework), studying Rhetoric and Composition. My research interests include writing in Web 2.0, and how technology mediates communication and the teaching of writing. In particular, I enjoy looking at non-academic spaces such as reddit as well as how instructional technologies impact the writing classroom.
I am 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 me to explore the holdings of large universities, small textile museums, and local libraries in both New England and the Carolinas on my search to uncover details of the literate lives of working women within company-maintained towns. My work is guided by a materialist feminist lens and scholarship on rural literacies. My interests include feminist theory, literacy studies, Appalachian studies and history, archival methodologies, and working class studies.
I am a third year M.A/Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition, a Teaching Assistant in the Writing Program, and a tutor at the UMass Writing Center. After teaching College Writing 112 for two years, I’m really excited to change gears and teach Basic Writing in the fall! I will also be taking on the role of Co-Chair of the English Graduate Organization with Kate Marantz. After receiving my B.A. in English from UMass Amherst in 2008, I taught English in Budapest for a year, then continued to work in early childhood education before returning to a raucous academic lifestyle back in the Valley. My interests in Composition are ever-evolving but currently include multilingual writers and literacy studies, composition practice and pedagogy (and the way literature intersects with composition practice), and collaborative writing.
Hari Stephen Kumar
I'm a doctoral student in the Composition-Rhetoric program. I finished my coursework in Spring 2012 and I am working on my Areas in Fall 2012. Teaching is my primary focus: I work on connecting my pedagogy with decolonizing methodologies, performance studies, and critical cultural studies. As a teacher of college writing, my current doctoral research explores how academic writing is always and already intertwined with embodied issues of identity and performance. I am committed toward decolonizing academic writing through projects that (a) make Western systems of knowledge themselves the object of inquiry and (b) consistently challenge the Eurocentric colonial and imperial foundations of Western academia.
I came to the Composition and Rhetoric program at UMass after many years teaching ESL, Adult Literacy, Composition, and Literature in Boston, New York, and California. My current dissertation project, "Latinas in Community College: Identities, Critical Literacies, and Academic Achievement," is designed both to enter the conversation about the racial achievement gap in California while also gaining insight into how literacy practices feature in the lives of women navigating the demands of community college, parenting, and work. I am Assistant Professor of English at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California, where I teach Developmental English and College Composition. I am committed to access, equity, and intellectual rigor in the community colleges.
Anna Rita Napoleone
I am a PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric currently finishing coursework and thinking about my Areas. I'm primarily interested in Critical Pedagogy, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Centers, and Rhetorics of Citizenship and Identity. I received my Master's of Arts in English with a focus in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011, and my Bachelors of the Arts degrees in English and History from the University of Maine Orono in 2009.
My current interests revolve around writing as a form of mass mediation and the rise of globalized information economies. As an “interest,” I approach the topic with a good dose of Luddite skepticism. While digital media bring us, daily, novel experiences, new stimuli, more connection, they also carry with them new forms of control, surveillance, over-consumption, and exploitation. More and more, the notion of the posthuman becomes a reality as our use of digital technologies intensify, rewriting our rhetorical practices, and thus, our day-to-day lives. My other interests include visual rhetorics, digital literacies, genre theory, multimodal composition, bad-ass web design, long conversations, rhetorics of prohibition, farming, salsa dancing, ecological thought, issues of masculinity and badminton.