IMG_2976For the past five years, I have had the privilege of working with student writers at the University of Michigan as an instructor in the English Department Writing Program and as a researcher at the Sweetland Center for Writing. At Michigan, I collaboratively published on the role of composition instructors’ class identities in first-year composition and the experiences of transfer students adjusting to college writing at Michigan.

Before I came to Michigan, I earned my MA in Rhetoric and Writing in the English department at the University of New Mexico. At UNM, I was worked as an instructor and as TA Mentor in the Core Writing program, and I was also involved with the pilot of the eComp online writing program. With the eComp team, I published collaboratively on professional development for online writing instructors and the affordances of online learning environments for teaching/learning multimodal composition.

I grew up in Seattle, where I played music, made coffee, and earned an AA at North Seattle Community College and a double-degree (two BAs) in English and Women Studies at the University of Washington. At UW, I was fortunate enough to work as a peer tutor at the English Department Writing Center and at the Odegaard Research and Writing Center.


When I’m not teaching or researching writing and writing instruction, I am most likely writing music, watching horror films, or fawning over my chihuahua, Biscuit. My top five albums of all time are as follows (but not necessarily in this order):

  • Jenny Lewis, The Voyager
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, We the Common
  • Beyoncé, Lemonade
  • The Thermals, The Body, the Blood, the Machine
  • Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint