Public Writing and the Early Career Scholar


Date(s) - 09/27/2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In a guided discussion that focuses on the topics listed below, graduate students will have the opportunity to develop a plan for how their research can be disseminated to audiences beyond their peers and the academy. We will focus on the importance of tone, prose, and timing as they relate to when and how to join a public conversation. Our conversation will include close structural analysis of two essays written for the public.  Topics will include:

  • Best practices
  • Managing risks
  • Rewards
  • Anatomy of a public essay

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Patricia A. MatthewPatricia A. Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University. She teaches courses in British Romanticism, the history of the novel, and British abolitionist literature. She is the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons and has published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. She’s the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and has published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. Her work on diversity has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to essays on race and popular culture, she is currently writing a monograph about sugar, gender, and British abolitionist literature.