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Tieanna Graphenreed

English PhD Student

Tieanna Graphenreed is an English PhD student studying rhetorics of Black citizenship and Black spatial politics. Her research asks a question of citizenship as a spatial practice and interrogates what it might mean to study national and cultural citizenship(s) through a spatialized—i.e., geographic, discursive, and temporal—and experiential lens. She explores questions of Black rhetorical citizenship using an interdisciplinary approach, pulling from several research areas including: Writing Studies and civic Rhetorical Education, Critical Geographies of Race and Space, Rhetorical Genre Studies, and Digital Humanities. While at Northeastern, Tieanna has worked on digital projects with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) and Early Black Boston Digital Almanac (EBBDA), served as Assistant Director of the Writing Center, and developed and led workshops on various digital tools with the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks and the Digital Integration Teaching Initiative. Tieanna is currently a research assistant to Professor Mya Poe at Northeastern University and working on projects in writing assessment research that consider classroom ecologies and forward antiracist genres and antiracist assessment practices in the classroom. You can find their article on this topic in Composition Studies. When not working on theories of writing and classroom space, one of Tieanna’s other ongoing projects includes indexing and mapping the circulation and impact of African American children’s periodical The Brownies’ Book—an early 20th century / New Negro (Harlem) Renaissance text. Tieanna’s dissertation focuses on Black children’s authorship, intellectual histories, and rhetorical citizenship as conveyed through The Brownies’ Book.

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Previous Institutions: Auburn University (M.A.)

Program and Fields: PhD Writing and Rhetoric; Citizenship and Legal Rhetorics, Critical Geography, Spatial Rhetorics, Archival Methods

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