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Career-Track Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University. September 2017-present.
Lecturer I, English Department Writing Program, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. May 2011-December 2012.
Research Assistant, English Department Writing Program, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. May-October 2011.
Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric with an Advanced Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, August 2017.
M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, May 2011.
A.B. in Religion with a certificate in the Program in Creative Writing, cum laude, Princeton University, June 2008.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
PWR 2: Hiphop, Orality, and Language Diversity, Fall 2020 (online), Spring 2020 (online), Winter 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Winter 2017.
PWR 1: Hashtag Activism, Spring 2019, Fall, Winter 2017.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, CA
WRT 205, Critical Research and Writing, “Hiphop, Literacy, and Genre,” Spring 2015, Summer 2014 (online), Spring 2014.
WRT 105, Practices of Academic Writing, Fall 2014, Fall 2013.
University of Michigan
ENG 225, Academic Argumentation, “Hiphop Arguments,” Winter 2012, Fall 2012.
ENG 223, Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2012, Winter 2011.
ENG 125, College Writing,: “College Writing on the College Dropout,” Fall 2012, Winter 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2010.
Jishou Normal Teachers’ College (with Princeton-In-Asia)
English as a Second Language (Advanced), Jishou, China, Summer 2007.
EDITING and WRITING CENTER WORK
Advisor and Founder, The Word: Tha Stanford Journal of Undergraduate Hiphop Research.
Editor, What Graduate Students Do: Ethics, Exploitation, and Expertise. University Press of Kansas. In progress.
Assistant Editor, #writing series (under editor Cheryl Ball), WAC Clearinghouse Press, April 2018-present.
Tutor, Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Stanford University, September 2017- present.
Editor, Graduate Editing Center, Syracuse University Writing Center, August 2016-May 2017.
Assistant Book Review Editor, Quarterly Journal of Speech, August 2015-May 2016,
Freelance editor, Stop Spending, Start Managing, by Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson. Harvard Business Review Books (2016). 2014-2015.
Consultant (tutor), Writing Center, Syracuse University, August 2014-May 2015.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2016 Finalist, Blue Sketch Press Book Prize, for novel The Nights
2016 Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2015 Doctoral Comprehensive Exams, Passed With Distinction
2013 Paris Literary Prize Runner-Up, for novella Sorry for Partying
2009-2011 Colby Fellow, University of Michigan
2006-2008 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Princeton University
2019 PWR Research/Community/Arts Grant
2018 PWR Research/Community/Arts Grant
2016 Mellon Mays Travel and Research Grant
2016 Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant, Syracuse University
2015 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference Travel Grant
2015 Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant
2015 Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant, Syracuse University
2014 Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant
2010 Master’s Thesis Travel Grant, University of Michigan
2010 Summer Internship Supplemental Funding Grant, University of Michigan
“Let the People Rap: Cultural Rhetorics Pedagogy and Practices Under CUNY’s Open Admissions, 1968-1978.” Forthcoming in Journal of Basic Writing, Winter 2019-2020.
“What Else Do We Know? Translingualism and the History of SRTOL as Threshold Concepts in Our Field,” College Composition and Communication. June 2020.
“Constellating White Women’s Cultural Rhetorics: The Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching and Its Contemporary Scholars.” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition. Spring 2018.
OTHER ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
“Where We Are: Literacy Narrative: Ways to Write #MeToo.” Forthcoming in Composition Forum 46.2 (Fall 2018).
“Session Review: A.31 ‘Teaching Writing to Support #BLM at Predominantly White Institutions.’’’ 2016 CCCC Reviews on PraxisWiki. Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
POPULAR PRESS PUBLICATIONS
“Disasters at the Origin of a Sense of Disaster: Ferrante on Fascism.” Los Angeles Review of Books, December 2018. TV Review.
“How the TV Adaptation of I Love Dick Recenters the Female Gaze.” Hyperallergic, June 2017. TV Review. (Anthologized in The Live Art Almanac Volume 5, forthcoming Winter 2018.)
Sorry For Partying. Medium, November 2014. Sponsored content for National Novel Writing Month.
“What Will Happen to Kim Kardashian in the Revolution?” The American Reader, September 2014. Essay.
“Gaza, Ferguson, and the Perils of White Guilt.” The American Reader, September 2014. Essay.
“Dead or In Jail: Ferguson and the Bounty on Black Life.” The American Reader, August 2014. Essay.
“Yeezy Rising.” The American Reader, February 2014. Essay.
“High on Life.” New Haven Review, May 2009. Essay.
“In Reference to Your Recent Communications.” Harper’s Magazine, May 2005. Fiction. (Anthologized in New Sudden Fiction, ed. Shapard and Thomas, W. W. Norton, January 2007, and Four Letter Word, ed. Knelman and Porter, Chatto & Windus, January 2008.)
“A Little Too Intimate.” The Forward, January 2006. Book Review.
“Playing Fill-In-The-Blanks with a Father’s Life.” The Forward, November 2005. Book Review.
Tweeter, @tessalaprofessa, 2008-present
Blogger, Hiphopocracy, 2010-present
New Media and Organizing, Silicon Valley for Bernie, January-July 2016
Video Educator, Shmoop University, Inc., Mountain View, CA, September-November 2015
THE General Body Media Team, October 2014-August 2015
NaNoWriMo sponsored fiction, Medium, November 2014
SELECTED PANELS, CONFERENCES, and INVITED READINGS and WORKSHOPS
“Writing the Translingual Voice.” Workshop for the Stanford Storytelling Project. Stanford, CA, scheduled for 4/29/19.
“The PostDoc’s Guide to a Winning Writing Practice.” Workshop at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. Stanford, CA, 3/1/19.
“Affect and Interest Convergence: Emotioned Response to Resource Depletion in the CUNY Basic Writing Archives.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, with Karrieann Soto, Becca Hayes, Sarah Klotz, Liane Malinowski, chair Malea Powell. East Lansing, MI, 11/16/18.
“What If We Tried Shared Governance? Challenges and Opportunities in Administration by (Lecturer) Committee.” Writing Program Administrators Conference, with Zandra Jordan, Christine Alfano, Sarah Pittock, and Ashley Newby. Sacramento, CA, 7/28/2018.
“Hashtag Activism.” Workshop for Project WRITE! at Stanford University. Palo Alto, CA, 2/11/2018.
“Hiphop Is Writing About Writing: Centering Identity in an WAW FYC Course.” CCCC@SJSU, with Susan Kirtley and Amanda Reyes. San Jose, CA, 6/10/2017.
“The Negotiation Tactics of N.: Hiphop and Mentorship in the Composition Community.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, with Alexis McGee, Michael Gallaway, and Marcos Del Hierro. Portland, OR 3/16/2017.
“White Women Plagiarizing: ‘Toxic Twitter Feminism’ and the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference. East Lansing, MI 9/30/2016.
“Spinnin’ While My Hands Up: Beyonce’s Multimodal Rhetoric.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, with Gwendolyn Pough and LaToya Sawyer.Tempe, AZ 10/31/15.
“Putting Writing Studies Research in ‘Our’ Language.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, with Rebecca Moore Howard, Jo Mackiewicz, and Jenn Fishman. Tampa, FL, 3/20/15.
“Digital Griots: Curating Culture.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Lansing, MI, 10/31/14.
“‘Mercy’: Lynching Photographs, Trayvoning, and a Rhetorics of ‘Swerve,’” PCA/ACA, Chicago, IL, 4/16-19/2014 (panel chair).
“The Pixie Cut.” Featured guest on “You Are Hair: the Live Show,” Bonnie and Maude – the film podcast, New York, NY, 3/11/2014.
“Teaching for Transfer: What We Talk About When We Talk About Reflective Writing,” Invited Panelist, EDWP Pedagogy Colloquia for writing instructors, Ann Arbor, MI, 11/16/12.
“The Nights.”Featured Fiction Writer, Mark Webster Reading Series, Ann Arbor, MI, 10/1/2010
Invited Member, Notation in Cultural Rhetorics Design Team, Stanford University, 2019-2020
Co-Chair, Publications Committee, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University 2018-2019, 2019-2020.
Elected representative, Lecturer Affairs Committee, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2017-present.
Web Chair, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Graduate Circle, Syracuse University, 2015-2016.
Member, Major/Minor Committee, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Syracuse University, 2014-2015.
Co-Director, University of Michigan MFA Cross-Pollination, 2010-2011.
Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Conversational in Spanish
Beginning study in Mandarin
Reading knowledge of German and Hebrew