• Who is LangRhet?

    The 2016-2017 LangRhet Steering Committee

    Benjamin Keating

    Ben Keating’s research interests include antiracist pedagogy, critical race and whiteness theory, discourse analysis, and collaborative learning in the college writing classroom. Originally from Boston, MA, he holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from UC Irvine. For more on Ben’s work, visit https://benjaminjkeating.com/.



    Ryan McCarty

    Ryan McCarty is a PhD candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education. His research touches on the writing and learning of multilingual students, writing development, and discourse analysis. Recently, he’s been thinking a lot about reading again, which isn’t thought about enough in college classes. Ryan’s teaching experience includes literature and composition courses at both research universities and a community college, as well as a healthy stint in secondary education and a wonderful couple of years teaching for the Douglas County Jail Poetry Project.


    Moira Saltzman

    Moira is a doctoral student in Linguistics.  She is interested in the phonological and morphological aspects of language change, and typological patterns of language diversification.  Moira is particularly interested in contact phenomena and the interplay of social forces such as language use and power relationships and internal linguistic change in contact environments.  Moira’s recent research includes the ongoing development of an open-source multimedia talking dictionary of Jejueo, an endangered language of Jeju Island, South Korea.  Moira holds an MA in Linguistics from Wayne State and a BA in language philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College.  She looks forward to discussing issues of language policy and power dynamics within the LangRhet forum, and is thrilled to join the steering committee this year.


    Elizabeth Tacke

    Elizabeth Tacke is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education. She came to Michigan after spending four years as a public school English teacher in Oakland, California, which prompted her interests in studying questions of identity and writing. Elizabeth’s dissertation research looks at how individuals navigate disclosure in their reading and writing practices and draws from life writing studies, disability studies, and rhetoric. At Michigan, she has taught first-year composition, upper level academic writing, and English Methods. She has also worked as a Field Instructor for three semesters in the Secondary English MAC program in the School of Education.


    Jathan Day

    Jathan Day is a second-year JPEE student hailing from Anchorage, Alaska. He received a BA in English Literature and Languages (Japanese) and an MA in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has experience teaching preparatory writing, first-year composition, technical writing, science writing, and persuasive writing. Jathan’s research interests include online pedagogy, digital literacies, and disability studies. His current project examines course management systems (Canvas and Blackboard) as sponsors of accessibility.


    Adrienne Raw

    Adrienne Raw is a PhD student in The University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education where she serves as a Graduate Student Instructor of composition in the English Department Writing Program and the Graduate Editorial and Administrative Associate for the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Her research focuses on fanfiction and fan studies where she explores that language in online fan communities. Her interests also include digital culture, composition pedagogy, and multimedia writing and teaching. She earned her BA in Anthropology and Rhetoric and Professional Writing and her MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo, and her B.Ed in Adult Education from Brock University. She spent several years working in the field of online learning systems and retains an interest in the pedagogy and practices of online learning. You can follow her on Twitter @AdrienneRaw.


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