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Department of English

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English Program Graduate Instructors/Teaching Assistants

Timothy Amidon [timothy_amidon@mail.uri.edu] is a Ph.D. candidate in Writing at the University of Rhode Island. He received his M.A. from Indiana University in 2007 with a thesis titled “Institutional Authors, Institutional Texts? An Analysis of the Intellectual Property Policies Promulgated at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne and Its Peer Institutions.” He has published poetry in Confluence Literary Magazine, The Margin, and Cobalt Fuse. Amidon has presented presentations at scholarly conferences across the country, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). Intellectual Interests Include: The Intersection of Intellectual Property/Copyright and the Composition Classroom, The History/Evolution of Copyright, Open Source Authorship/Publishing, 16th Century, Restoration, and Enlightenment Period British Literature, and Cyberpunk/Science Fiction. Amidon teaches in the Writing Program and in the English Program at University of Rhode Island.

Kenna Barrett [cbarrett@my.uri.edu] is a Ph.D. candidate in Writing at University of Rhode Island. She received her M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. Her scholarly interests include feminist theory, theory and practice of argumentative writing, and rhetoric and philanthropy. She is a contributing author to Giving USA, and her short stories and essays have appeared in the Battered Suitcase and the New Haven Advocate. Barrett teaches in the Writing Program and in the English Program at University of Rhode Island.

Marcy Renee Isabella [marcyrenee@my.uri.edu] is a Ph.D. candidate in Writing at the University of Rhode Island. She received her M.A. in English (concentration in writing practices and poetics) from SUNY Albany in 2010 with a thesis titled "Just the Authentic Act: Dialogical No-Selfs, Per-Zine Communities, and Anarchistic Tendencies." Intellectual interests include: composition theory and pedagogy, peer tutoring, zines and independent publishing, anarchist praxis and poetics. Isabella teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Rhode Island.

Sarah Kruse came to Rhode Island from Portland, Oregon where she received her M.A. in English Literature summa cum laude from Portland State University. Her research interests include language philosophy, structuralism, deconstruction, modern poetry, and romanticism. She has presented at the 2009 University of Rhode Island graduate conference and at the 2010 CUNY Graduate Center’s Film Studies Conference in New York and will be presenting at the 2011 NeMLA conference. Her most recent publication “The Paradox of Ideology, Identity, and Judgment: A Zizekian Analysis of Camus’s The Fall” appeared in The International Journal of Zizek Studies. She is a regular contributor for the online literary magazine Propeller. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and teaches writing and literature at URI.

J.C. Lee is pursuing a Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island. She has earned an M.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she developed a thesis entitled "The Corporatization of the American Dream: Satiric Portrayals of Contemporary Consumerism in Douglas Coupland’s All Families are Psychotic, Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor, and Harry Crews’ The Mulching of America." She has presented at conferences held by the New York College English Association, the SUNY Counsel on Writing, Southern Connecticut State University, URI, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Her scholarly work has appeared in Shopping for Jesus and the Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior in Literature Journal, Moira, and the Shawangunk Review. Her current intellectual pursuits include the rhetoric of online forums, the rhetoric of advertising and marketing, discourse studies, composition studies, public writing, and cultural studies of contemporary fiction in English. She has taught and tutored writing, literature, oral communication, and ESL at SUNY New Paltz, Johnson and Wales University, and the University of Rhode Island.