Carmen Kynard

Professor and Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition
Reed 317E | 817-257-6244

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B.A., Feminist Studies, Stanford University, 1993
Ph.D., English Education, New York University, 2005

Courses Taught

Introduction to Gender Studies
Gender and Justice
Word is Bond: African American Language and Performance
Digital Rhetorics
Public Writing, Rhetoric, and the 21st Century
Critical Race Theory: The Writing that (In)Forms the Movement
Writing about Racial Justice in an Unjust World

Intersectionality and Activist Research in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)
#BlackGirlMagic: @The Intersections of Literacies, Pedagogies, and Black Feminisms
African American Education and Literacy: The 20th and 21st Centuries
Introduction to Composition Theory
Critical Race Theory: Discourse, Schooling, and Writing Instruction
New Literacies Studies at the Crossroads

Areas of Focus

Carmen Kynard is the incoming Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition and Professor of English at Texas Christian University. Before TCU, she worked in English and Gender Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as English, Urban Education, and Critical Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She interrogates race, Black feminisms, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling with an emphasis on composition and literacies studies. She has taught high school with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools, served as a writing program administrator, and worked as a teacher educator. She has led numerous professional development projects on language, literacy, and learning and has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, Literacy and Composition Studies and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies won the 2015 James Britton Award and makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement. Her current projects focus on young Black women in college, Black Feminist/Afrofuturist digital vernaculars, and AfroDigital Humanities learning. Carmen traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions” (