Nathaniel Bell is, first and foremost, a person who feels uncomfortable talking about himself in the third-person, but he is also a person that believes that this is the genre convention of a bio. Nathaniel, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen, deciding that he would rather work every menial job that has ever existed. At 28, he was given the opportunity to attend Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where he received his associate's in liberal arts before transferring to University of Cincinnati. At UC, Nathaniel was a peer tutor in the writing center and a peer leader in RAPP, University of Cincinnati's Racial Awareness Program, a nine-month intensive that focused on leadership development centered in social justice. After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's in English literature and cultural studies, Nathaniel became a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Wayne State University, pursuing a Ph.D. in film and media studies. His experiences as a member of the working-class and as a "non-traditional" college student (whatever that means) has informed and strengthened his abilities as a teacher of basic writing and introductory college writing at Wayne State University, a public urban university in the heart of Detroit, a city that is far better than wherever you're from.
Nathaniel is interested in how the digital humanities can shape a more socially just pedagogy for marginalized student populations. He's also interested in striking a balance between helping his students access the cultural capital that a college education affords while simultaneously not letting his students' minds to be colonized by the idea that their home dialects, such as AAVE, are "inferior" to "standard" English.
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