Carmen Kynard

Carmen Kynard

Associate Professor
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PhD  English Ed, New York University
BA  Feminist Studies and Afro-American Studies, Stanford University


Carmen Kynard is an associate professor in the English Department.  She interrogates race and the politics of writing instruction in secondary and post-secondary settings. She is a former high school teacher with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools and has led numerous projects focused on language, literacy, and learning with agencies like the Community Learning Centers Grant Project in Harlem, African Diaspora Institute/Caribbean Cultural Center of New York, Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, and the New York City Writing Project.  She has published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English, College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly and more. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies (SUNY Press, 2013) makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy movement.  She is currently working on a new book that focuses on Black female college students’ writing as sites of recursive memory as well as new research that continues to interrogate educational practices as racialized artifacts. She traces her research and teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and Black Radical Traditions” (

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