I am a PhD candidate in Syracuse University's Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program. My dissertation examines working-class writing groups within the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (FWWCP), a network that existed from 1976-2007 in England. I am also part of an international team working with the FWWCP to preserve these community histories through the creation of print and digital archives.
I graduated with a B.A. from Stetson University in English and French, while also playing a bit of NCAA Division I volleyball. Go Hatters! I then moved to Boston, to get my M.A. in English from Northeastern University. It was there that I began learning about ways to integrate my research with the community around me. I have been able to continue this work at Syracuse University, where I am receiving my PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. Here, I have been able to research community literacy practices, both in local and international spaces. In particular, I have been working with the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, a network of working-class writing and publishing groups in England, to develop a print and digital archive of their materials.
I am also on the Editorial team at Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning, which has greatly impacted my understanding of public writing and community work. This work, along with my Managing Editor role at New City Community Press, has given me the chance to collaborate with multiple people who have informed how I understand public writing and rhetoric. Through these roles, I have also learned about professional writing through editing work and grant writing.
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