About Karen

Hey there ladies, gents, everyone in between and everyone beyond —

I’m Karen.

I’m a nonbinary (she/her/hers), queer, disabled, feminist English PhD who loves cats, patterned blazers and funky shoes.

I also love program administration, project management, strategic planning, assessment, disability justice, teaching, writing centers, and working with students. Some jobs are more than jobs — they’re dharma. I feel like that about the work I’m lucky enough to do.

If you’re here for just the facts:

Where do I work?:

  • I’m the Director of Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Accessibility for the College of Arts and Letters at MSU, where I also teach graduate courses in Rhetoric and Writing and undergraduate courses in Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Additionally, I’m a GenCen Fellow and teach courses for the GenCen program. Prior to this role, I was one of the Associate Directors of the Writing Center at MSU.
  • I am a certified Project Manager.
  • I used to work at Penn State University (University Park Campus) as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Writing Center, and I also taught courses in English, Curriculum and Instruction, and Women’s Studies.

Where’d I go to school?

  • I hold a BA in English and Minors in History and WGSS from Penn State University.
  • I hold both an MA and a PhD in Critical Theory from Binghamton University.

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