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Rebecca Lorimer Leonard

Associate Professor

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard holds a Ph.D. in English from the program in composition and rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in literacy studies, language ideologies, multilingual writing, and comparative rhetoric. Her research examines how transnational literacy practices are valued according to shifting language ideologies.

Professor Lorimer Leonard teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on language diversity, writing pedagogy, and research methods. Her book Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy (University of Pittsburgh Press) won the 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She has published in Written Communication, College English, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and Research in the Teaching of English. In 2017 Professor Lorimer Leonard received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst.

You can read more about her work at her personal website.

Research Areas

  • Colonial, Postcolonial, & Transnational
  • Composition and Rhetoric