I am an English PhD candidate at Ohio State. I received a BA in English and a BS in psychology from the University of Florida in 2009. I continued my studies at Temple University, where I received an English MA in 2011. I locate my research and teaching interests broadly in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and literacy. Specifically, my work focuses on labor issues in composition classrooms, community-engaged pedagogies, and online writing pedagogies.
My dissertation project aims to clarify how students in writing courses view and evaluate the significance of labor in their writing efforts. Such a project is a direct response to the 2014 Indianapolis Resolution, which calls upon composition studies organizations and its members to “Consider research into labor and its effects on teaching and learning with the same intellectual weight and scholarly respect as other subjects in our field.” In order to develop a better understanding of labor’s effects on teaching and learning, this project synthesizes student perspectives about their labor with existing research on the work and labor of writing instructors and administrators.
I see my investigation into the labor challenges that students face in the the writing course I selected as a crucial first step in defining fair, responsible, and equitable working conditions for writing students more broadly. Moreover, I see my goal of defining better working conditions for undergraduate students as a way to clarify the challenges faced by composition instructors and administrators who have thus far endeavored to create better working conditions for themselves, but have not yet integrated student demands and insights into their activism.