Morales, Candidate in English, Defends Dissertation on History and Politics of Basic Writing

Posted on 10/30/2018 4:55:52 PM

Jack Morales, doctoral candidate in English Composition and Applied Linguistics and assistant professor of English at Community College of Allegheny College in Pittsburgh, has successfully defended his dissertation: “Literacy Sponsorship at Staten Island Community College of the City University of New York, 1968–1976.”

Morales’ project examines the history of literacy sponsorship at Staten Island Community College of the City University of New York during the period of its open admissions policy (1969–76). In particular, Morales argues that a targeted, microhistorical recovery of previously unconsidered archival materials provides insight into the geopolitical conditions that gave rise to a culture of literacy that favored experimentation and resistance at SICC during the Post-Civil Rights Era.

In addition to IUP faculty Matt Vetter and Gian Pagnucci, Morales’ committee included basic writing specialist Steve Lamos (UC Boulder).

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