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Katherine Morelli

Part-Time Lecturer in English

Katherine Morelli’s research and teaching, both grounded in community literacy, meet at the intersections of medical and health rhetoric, literacy studies, technical communication and applied linguistics. Morelli has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and undergraduate courses in writing, rhetoric, literacy studies and technical and professional communication across university contexts including ASU, Boise State University (BSU) and UMass-Boston.

Her dissertation project titled The Role of Cultural Health Navigators in Mediating Refugee Families Access to Health Literacy and Pediatrics Care shares findings from a year-long investigation of the practices and beliefs of five multilingual Cultural Health Navigators working to improve health outcomes for refugee families at a pediatrics clinic in the southwest U.S.

In 2019, she became a Building Healthcare Collectives Research Fellow. The BHC Project emphasizes humanities expertise in care.


  • Morelli, K.E. and Warriner, D.S. (2019). The emotional dimension of qualitative community-driven research: How interactions and relationships shape processes of knowledge production. In D.S. Warriner and M Bigelow (Eds.). Critical Reflections on Research Methods: Power and Equity in Complex Multilingual Contexts. Buffalo: Multilingual Matters.
  • Warriner, D.S., Morelli, K.E., and Lee, K.M. (2018). Transnationalism and Shifting Ethnolinguistic Identities. TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley-Blackwell.

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