Tessa Brown, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. Her research on rhetorical history, antiracist struggle, and digital media have appeared in College Composition and CommunicationPeitho, and the Journal of Basic Writing, and her reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in Harper’s, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyperallergic and more.

At Stanford, she teaches the courses “Hashtag Activism” and “Hiphop, Orality, and Language Diversity,” and tutors and leads workshops for undergrads, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. She is the founding advisor of The Word: Tha Stanford Journal of Student Hiphop Research and serves on the editorial board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

Tessa is a founding member of Rad Mission Neighbors, a community group advocating for and with sex workers and unhoused neighbors in San Francisco. Her latest project is germ network, a social network for safe and secure connections with friends and neighbors, which she’s very eager to debut 🦠.