Tessa Rose Brown

Tessa Rose Brown

B.A., Princeton University, Religion and Creative Writing (2008)
M.F.A., University of Michigan, Creative Writing (Fiction) (2011)
Ph.D., Syracuse University, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (2017)

About

Dr. Tessa Brown, a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, is a writer, researcher, and educator. Her doctoral dissertation, “SCHOOLED: Hiphop Composition at the Predominantly White University,” considered the contradictions of hiphop culture, writing education, and the fight for language rights in predominantly or historically white institutional contexts. Dr. Brown also researches social media and whiteness and femininity, and uses memoristic and autoethnographic methods in her work.

Tessa’s essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in Harper’s, Hyperallergic, The Forward, The New Haven Review, The American Reader, and rhetoric journal Kairos. Her peer-reviewed research is forthcoming in Peitho. Her novella Sorry for Partying was honored by the Paris Literary Prize in 2014. She has written a blog, Hiphopocracy, since 2011, and lives in San Francisco.

Areas of specialization: humanities, social sciences, creative writing

Genre expertise: personal statements, grant proposals, dissertations

Enjoys coaching organizing and developing arguments