Students in the Joint Program in English and Education

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Ann Carroll Burke

After graduating from Aquinas College and then teaching middle school English, Ann Burke earned her M.A. in English, with a concentration in rhetoric and composition, at Ball State University. Ann is currently a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education at University of Michigan,…Learn more »

Merideth Marie Garcia

Merideth Garcia's research interests include the integration of multimodal and multimedia composition in high school curriculum and extracurricular participation and remix practices in online fan communities. Merideth is a field instructor in the School of Education for the Undergraduate…Learn more »

Gail R. Gibson

Gail Gibson is a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education and teaches academic and professional writing courses in the English Department Writing Program at U-M. Her research interests focus on adult literacy and college remediation programs, and her work examines the ways that…Learn more »

Timothy Patrick Green

Tim Green is working on his dissertation, which focuses on early modern English rhetorical manuals and grammar texts, exploring the influence of religion and nationalism on the development of what he is calling "proto-prescriptivist" attitudes toward the English language. He is also teaching…Learn more »

Brett Griffiths

After spending the last academic year in Germany, Brett Griffiths currently lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, their two delightful children, two geriatric dogs, and a single exceptional cat. Her research interests emerge at the intersections of psychology, sociology, higher education, and…Learn more »

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Jonathan Scott Harris



Elizabeth Homan

Liz Homan is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education. Her dissertation research examines teachers' uses of digital technologies; more specifically, she is interested in how teachers obtain and sustain digital literacies and transfer these into digital pedagogical practices.…Learn more »

Elizabeth Hutton

Lizzie Hutton's work focuses on the way reading is conceptualized in and for the college writing classroom, especially as relates to the reading of literature. She is interested in the reading-writing connection, the various ways that different reading approaches are tied to critical thinking…Learn more »

Benjamin Justin Keating

Ben Keating's research is driven by a focus on equity and access in higher education, which informs his work on critical discourse analysis, writing pedagogy, and high-school-to-college summer bridge programs. He is currently a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Learn more »

Anna Victoria Knutson

Broadly, Anna is interested in how learners' social identities affect the ways in which they experience and make connections between various writing environments - digital extracurricular, face-to-face curricular, and online curricular. She is currently involved with several research projects…Learn more »

Danielle Lillge

Doctoral candidate Danielle Lillge is also an alumna, having earned her master of arts degree in English education at the school in 2005. After receiving that degree, she served in a series of positions in Wisconsin public schools--from high school English teacher to a secondary literacy coach position…Learn more »

Rebecca Manery

Rebecca Manery is interested in creative writing pedagogy in higher education. She brings to her research a background as a poet, arts journalist, arts in education director, and teacher educator. Becca has taught courses in composition, literacy education and creative writing; her students are currently…Learn more »

Ryan McCarty

Ryan is interested in the reading and writing connection at the moment of the initial reading. During his years teaching middle and high school in the Bronx, he developed an annotation method that makes this connection explicit for students, with the goal of helping students access texts that are…Learn more »

Justine Neiderhiser

Justine Neiderhiser’s research interests include rhetorical genre studies, corpus linguistics, composition theory and pedagogy, writing assessment, and the history of English. Recently, she has spent time examining the generic elements of literary anthologies, using their wide array of divergent…Learn more »

Christopher Michael Parsons

Christopher Parsons’s research interests address the observations any teacher in an urban secondary school might make. These include gender perceptions in language arts, the role of standards in forming habits of teachers and students, and the policy of school reform. He is exploring these…Learn more »

Molly Parsons

Molly Parsons is a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education. Her research interests include the ethics of writing center theory and the intersection of center theory and practice. She teaches first year and upper-level writing in the English Department Writing Program. Before…Learn more »

Kelly Pippin



Melody Pugh

Melody Pugh is an advanced PhD candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE). She teaches academic argumentation and professional writing courses in the English Department Writing Program and serves as a research assistant on projects related to Writing across the Curriculum/Writing…Learn more »

Aubrey Schiavone

Aubrey Schiavone is a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE). She teaches first-year writing and upper-level academic argumentation courses in the English Department Writing Program and serves as a research assistant on projects related to Writing Development and to…Learn more »

Ruth Anna Spooner

Given her background in teaching literature and writing, as well as her experience working with deaf students, Ruth Anna Spooner is interested in exploring literacy among deaf middle- and high-school students. Her research interests include investigating how aspects of linguistics and bilingual education…Learn more »

Sarah Swofford

Sarah Swofford is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE). She teaches academic writing in the English Department Writing Program and works as a graduate student research assistant in the Sweetland Center for Writing. She serves on the steering committee for the…Learn more »

Elizabeth Tacke

Elizabeth is interested in urban education, genre studies, autobiography, and adolescent literacy identities - particularly in regard to student literacy practices both in and outside of school.

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Bonnie Marie Tucker

Bonnie's always expanding and diverse interests include the history of professional education and medical education in nineteenth-century America as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) education, and community-based learning.

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Chinyere Florence Uzogara

Chinyere Florence Uzogara is interested in topics around identity, literacy development, and the postsecondary transition. She is especially curious about literacy interventions for diverse urban students entering college and about academic literacy in contexts of political transition. She wants…Learn more »

Joanna Want

Joanna Lin Want is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program for English and Education, and she teaches first-year writing, argumentative writing, and creative writing in the English Department Writing Program. Her interest…Learn more »

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