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Vani Kannan

Assistant Professor

Vani Kannan


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Carman Hall 389
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B.A., Barnard College
M.A., Colorado State University
Ph.D., Syracuse University


Vani Kannan’s research interests include transnational/women-of-color feminisms, community literacies, multimodal/multigenre composition, social-justice-oriented writing pedagogies, and Asian/Asian American rhetorics. She is on the steering committee for the Women’s and Gender Studies program and teaches a range of courses that include Writing and Social Issues, Women in Literature (with a focus on women-of-color writers), Creative Nonfiction, Research Rhetoric and Writing Studies, and graduate-level courses in Rhetoric and Composition. Her work has appeared in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, Writers: Craft & Context, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Studies on Asia, and the edited collection The Political Turn in the Trump Era: Writing, Democracy, Activism. Additionally, she has co-authored articles for Journal of Writing Assessment, Community Literacy Journal, Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, Literacy in Composition Studies, and Journal of Academic Freedom. Her current project, Writing Mutiny: Rhetoric, Transnationalism, and Asian Coalitional Organizing in the U.S., engages with histories of Asian American anti-racist coalitional activism, rhetoric, and writing through qualitative interviews and archival research.

Selected Publications