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Assistant Professor

Phd Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, Syracuse University

MA English, Virginia Commonwealth University

BA English & Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University



Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she currently holds the inaugural Jonathan M. Hess Term Professorship. She researches, writes, and teaches about rhetoric, literacy, and writing studies. Her primary research investigates the ways in which communities teach, practice, and understand what it means to be a citizen. Currently, she is working on several projects that creatively connect her interests in literacy, rhetoric, citizenship, and pedagogy. One of these projects examines public pedagogies and literacy practices that support global citizenship education. Through an examination of BTS, a renowned Korean band, and their global fandom, ARMY, she is working to understand the possibilites for global citizenship educations to occur across languages, borders, and cultures.

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  • Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia. UP of Pittsburgh (October 2018)
  • “Radical, Conservative, Extreme: Rhetorical Education of the Prince Edward County Free School, 1963-1964” Alternative Histories: Composition in Normal Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1839-1969. Eds. Lori Ostergaard and Henrietta Rix. Pennsylvania: U of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. 61-76. Print.
  • “Teaching Must be Our Demonstration!:” Literacy, Citizenship, and Activism in the Prince Edward County Free School Association, 1963-1965.” Literacy in Composition Studies Journal 3.1: (2015): 82-92. Web. 15 March 2015.
  • “The Race to Erase Brown vs. Board of Education: The Virginia Way and the Rhetoric of Massive Resistance.” Rhetoric Review 35: 2 (2016): 108-120.
  • “Writing with Your Family at the Kitchen Table: Balancing Home and Academic Communities.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Vol 14, No 1, (2016), web.


  • 2016 Theresa J. Enos Award for Best Article in Rhetoric Review
  • Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 2010
  • 2019 Conference on Community Writing Book Award

Courses Taught:

ENGL 105i Writing in the Humanities

ENGL 301 Advanced Expository Writing in the Humanities

ENGL 805 Special Topics: African American Rhetoric

Curriculum Vitae / Resume