Tessa Brown, Ph.D., is an educator, scholar, writer, and activist.
Tessa is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. She received her doctorate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University for her dissertation “SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Predominantly White University.” She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a BA in Religion and Creative Writing from Princeton University.
Tessa’s research, reviews, and essays in composition and rhetoric have been published in Peitho, Kairos, and Composition Studies, and are forthcoming in the Journal of Basic Writing. She is editing an academic volume, tentatively titled What Graduate Students Do: Expertise, Ethics, and Exploitation, for the University Press of Kansas. She has also published in the popular press, including fiction in Harper’s and reviews and essays in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyperallergic, The Forward, The New Haven Review, and The American Reader. Her novella Sorry for Partying was honored by the Paris Literary Prize in 2014. For many years she wrote a blog, Hiphopocracy, on hiphop and pedagogy.
She lives in San Francisco, where she was a founding member of the group Rad Mission Neighbors, which advocates non-carceral solutions for the health and safety of all Mission residents and workers.