Meaghan Brewer

Meaghan Brewer

Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English - NYC
41 Park Row


Faculty Bio

Meaghan Brewer earned her Doctor of Philosophy in English from Temple University and teaches courses in rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, including 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 interests include teacher education for graduate students, literacy theory, nineteenth-century American rhetorics, and disciplinarity. She has published articles in Peitho, Composition Studies, Composition Forum, College Composition and Communication, Applied Linguistics Review, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Her book, Conceptions of Literacy: Graduate Instructors and the Teaching of First-Year Composition, was published with Utah State University Press (2020).


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

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ENG 110: Composition
ENG 120: Critical Writing
ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 212: Introduction to Genre Studies
ENG 302: Composition Theory & Practice
ENG 342: Writing about Culture
ENG 396: Topics: Language and Identity

Publications and Presentations


"Naming What We Don’t Know: Graduate Instructors and Declarative Knowledge about Language"
Brewer, M. H. & Di Gennaro, K. K. (2022, February). College Composition and Communication. Vol 73 (Issue 3) , pages 410-436.

Kairos Matters: Reading Colin Kaepernick’s Protest through the Lens of Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
Brewer, M. H. (2020, December). Patricia Bizzell and Lisa Zimmerelli (Eds.), New York, NY :Modern Language Association.

The Limits of Neutrality: How New Graduate Instructors Negotiate Politics, Race, and Ideology in the Composition Classroom
Brewer, M. H. (2020, November). Daniel P. Richards (Eds.), Logan, UT :Utah State University Press.

Conceptions of Literacy: Graduate Instructors and the Teaching of First-Year Composition
Brewer, M. H. (2020, May). Conceptions of Literacy: Graduate Instructors and the Teaching of First-Year Composition.Logan, UT : Utah State University Press.

“‘The Text is the Thing: Graduate Students in Literature and Cultural Conceptions of Literacy.”
Brewer, M. H. (2019). Composition Forum. Vol 43

The Closer the Better?: The Perils of an Exclusive Focus on Close Reading
Brewer, M. H. (2018, December). Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Vol 62 (Issue 6) , pages 635-642.

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

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


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

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Council for Writing Program Administrators
  • Rhetoric Society of America
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication