I’m an academic and writer whose scholarly work concerns writing assessment, applied linguistics, literacy education, and public policy. My research primarily considers student writing as an empirical phenomenon, utilizing techniques, methodologies, and insights from the fields of writing studies, applied linguistics, and education. I frequently use methods from corpus linguistics and textual processing, deriving data from those procedures to explore how to improve writing education. I also have an interest in public writing, literacy education policy, and research methodology.
At Purdue University, I completed a doctorate in English in the Rhetoric and Composition program, with secondary areas in Writing Program Administration and English as a Second Language. My dissertation considered the College Learning Assessment+ (CLA+), a standardized test of college learning, and its potential impact on Purdue specifically and higher education generally. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy from Central Connecticut State University and a Master of Arts in English with a focus in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island.
I also am a regular blogger and writer. I frequently consider political and cultural issues in my work, which has been published in places like The New York Times, Salon, Talking Points Memo, N+1, Jacobin, In These Times, The New Inquiry, Quartz, The Huffington Post, and others. I sometimes provide professional editing and ghostwriting work as well.