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Shannon Stimpson

Shannon Stimpson

Center for Democratic Deliberation Dissertation Fellow

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Shannon Stimpson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. Her areas of research include composition studies, institutional historiography, literacy studies, and the rhetorics of war. Her dissertation investigates how the climate of war has shaped public debates about literacy and literacy education in America, by analyzing the impact that U.S. military involvement in major international conflicts has had on writing instruction at land-grant universities. In public and educational deliberations, writing instruction has historically been constructed as both a civic virtue and a matter of national security and military advantage; her dissertation examines the ways writing instructors and administrators at institutions of higher education have responded to this definition of literacy in their classroom praxis and pedagogy. Stimpson earned her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 2010 and her M.A. in English, with an emphasis in British Literature from Brigham Young University in 2012.