Jessica R Restaino

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Associate Professor, English

Dickson Hall 463
973 655-7312
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BA:Franklin and Marshall College
PhD:Temple University
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Currently, I am Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at MSU. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in the fields of rhetoric-composition, English education, and women's and gender studies. My research interests include writing teacher preparation, pedagogical theories and the teaching of writing, the political theory of Hannah Arendt, community literacy and activist writing/rhetorics, and feminist research methodologies, especially ethnography as a tool for rhetorical study. My first book, _First Semester: Graduate Students, First-Year Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground_, was published jointly by Southern Illinois University Press and the Conference on College Composition and Communication as part of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series in 2012. My second book, an essay collection co-edited with Laurie Cella (Shippensburg University), examines university/community writing projects, and the challenges of effective service-learning initiatives (Lexington Press, 2012).

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Office hours, in addition to those posted below, are also available by appointment.


My areas of specialization fall under the fields of composition and rhetoric, and include: writing teacher preparation; pedagogical theory; community-based writing and teaching; the political theory of Hannah Arendt; and representations of maternity in popular discourse.

Office Hours


  • Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm