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Meaghan Brewer

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English - NYC

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Meaghan Brewer received her Doctor of Philosophy in English from Temple University in 2013. She currently teaches Writing in the Disciplines, Language and Identity, Introduction to Rhetorical History and Theory, and Writing about Culture: Ethnography. She also directs the Writing Enhanced Course Program for the New York City campus. Her research investigates the conceptions of literacy that graduate instructors bring with them to their first semester of teaching composition. She has also published on historical perspectives on women's STEM education.


PhD , Temple University , Philadelphia, PA , 2013
English - Rhetoric and Composition

MA , Temple University , Philadelphia, PA , 2009
English - Rhetoric and Composition

BA , Wake Forest University , Winston-Salem, NC , 2002


Brewer, M. H. (2020, May). Conceptions of Literacy: Graduate Instructors and the Teaching of First-Year Composition. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. http://https://upcolorado.com/utah-state-university-press/item/3775-conceptions-of-literacy

Brewer, M. H. (2019). “'The Text is the Thing: Graduate Students in Literature and Cultural Conceptions of Literacy.”. Composition Forum. Vol 43 http://https://compositionforum.com/issue/42/text-thing.php

Brewer, M. H. Kairos Matters: Reading Colin Kaepernick's Protest through the Lens of Frederick Douglass's “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”. Patricia Bizzell and Lisa Zimmerelli (Eds.), Nineteenth-Century American Activist Rhetorics. New York, NY: Modern Language Association.

Brewer, M. H. (2018, December). The Closer the Better?: The Perils of an Exclusive Focus on Close Reading. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Vol 62 (Issue 6) , pages 635-642. http://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jaal.938

Brewer, M. H. (2018). "Review of Michael Harker's The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate". Vol 6 (Issue 1) http://licsjournal.org/OJS/index.php/LiCS/article/view/183/229

Brewer, M. H. The Limits of Neutrality: How New Graduate Instructors Negotiate Politics, Race, and Ideology in the Composition Classroom. On Teacher Neutrality: Politics, Praxis, and Performativity. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.

Brewer, M. & di Gennaro, K. (2018, November). Naming what we feel: Hierarchical microaggressions and the relationship between Composition and English Studies. Composition Studies. Vol 46 (Issue 2) , pages 15-34.

Di Gennaro, K. K. & Brewer, M. H. (2018, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 17). Microaggressions as speech acts: Using pragmatics to define and develop a research agenda for microaggressions. Applied Linguistics Review. http://www.degruyter.com/abstract/j/alr.ahead-of-print/applirev-2017-0069/applirev-2017-0069.xml

Brewer, M. H. (2017). “Practical Genius: Science, Technology, and Useful Knowledge in Godey's Lady's Book.”. Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition. Vol 19 (Issue 2) , pages 251-81. http://peitho.cwshrc.org/issue/19-2/


Brewer, M., di Gennaro, K., Choong, P. & Matsuda, P. K. (2019, March). Conference on College Composition and Communication . Naming what we don't know: Composition Studies' Performance of Expertise. NCTE, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Council for Writing Program Administrators , September 1 , 2008
  • Rhetoric Society of America , January 1 , 2007
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication , September 1 , 2006
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