Laura L. Allen is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy program. She is a committed teacher whose research explores race at the intersections of digital media and community literacy. Her dissertation project explores the role of reading, writing and technology in the planning and execution of Black Family Reunions. Laura is also interested in researching and teaching on mobile technology culture. She has presented at national and international conferences, including the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC) and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC).
Currently the graduate administrative associate (GAA) for the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy program, Laura has also served as an associate director of the Digital Media and Composition Institute and a GAA for the Professional Writing Minor program. In addition to her administrative work, Laura was a research assistant and graduate mentor with the Buckeye Language Network NSF-funded REU internship program.
Laura was recently awarded the Genevieve M. Critel Digital Media Dissertation Fellowship. She was also a recipient of the 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellowship and was selected for the NCTE/CCCC Scholar for the Dream Award for 2019.
Building on a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Michigan State University, Laura is committed to both educational and social justice. She continues to be inspired by her students in both university and community settings. When she is not writing, researching or teaching, Laura can be found spending time with family and friends or learning to play new instruments. Her love languages are live music, vegetarian tacos and podcasts.