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Rebecca Fraser

Associate Professor
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies
      • 646-230-1358 ext:1358
      • M.A. in English Literature, Radford University in English from Radford University
      • Ph.D. in English Education, New York University in Rhetoric, Composition from New York University
      Subjects of Interest
      • Labor
      • Literacy
      • Literature
      • Writing
      Professional Responsibilities / Bio

      Rebecca Fraser is an Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College, a Master of Arts degree from Radford University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition/English Education from New York University. Rebecca specializes in Writing and Literature, with a special focus on Working-Class themes in literature. She coordinates College Writing for Workers and College Reading for Workers, and teaches these courses, along with Educational Planning and Working-Class Themes in Literature. Her research interests are the exploration of student voices in writing and in art; in 2017-2018, she and Barrie Cline, HVACLS Arts Coordinator, received a PILLARS grant in order to collaborate on a travelling show that featured student art and writing. The title of the exhibition was “Breaking Divides” and addressed issues that might divide tradespersons from each other, as well as the wider world. For the past 10 years, Rebecca and her colleagues have edited, designed and published Labor Writes, a journal of student writing and art.

      • "Hand And Head: Making And Knowing In One Labor Studies Program," with Barrie Cline. 2019.
      • "Trade Unionists and Their Story." At the Conference for College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MS. March 2018.
      • “Telling Our Story: College Writing for Trade Unionists.” In Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class. Edited by Genesea Carter and William Thelin. Utah State University Press, 2017.
      • “I Don’t Write; I Work,” with Sophia Mavrogiannis. In Principles, Practices and Contradictions: One Progressive Institution’s Struggle to Name and Sustain its Vision. Edited by Alan Mandell and Katherine Jelly. Sense Publishers, 2016.
      • “Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Music Therapy Pioneer.” All About Mentoring. Fall 2014.