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Katherine FlowersCenter Graduate Students: Eileen Lagman

Eileen Lagman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Writing Studies in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Information

315 English Building | MC-718

Biographical Statement

I’m a native of the Chicago suburbs and completed my BA and MA at DePaul University in Chicago where I studied literature and communication. I soon became interested in the connection between these two disciplines and finding a way to both engage in the analysis of text and explore the cultural production of text. This fostered my interest in interdisciplinary work and brought me to the field of writing studies.

My current research explores the cultural work of literacy and examines how the global movement of people shapes literacy learning. In my dissertation, I focus on the literacy experiences of migrant workers from the Philippines, arguing that affect “moves” literacy across borders.

Research Interests

literacy studies, cultural rhetoric, qualitative research, composition theory, digital literacies, transnationalism, affect theory, labor studies, Asian American studies

Courses Taught

Rhetoric Tutorial (RHET 100)

Principles of Writing* (RHET 101)

Principles of Research* (RHET 102)

Writing and Research** (RHET 105)

Advanced Rhetoric and Composition* (RHET 233)

Writing Across Media (INFO/WRIT 303)

Honors Literature and Argument (Robert Morris University, Teaching Intern)

* Ethnography of the University Initiative Course

** Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community Section

Administration and Service

Assistant Editor, College English

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program

Digital Literacies Coordinator, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program

Teaching Mentor, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program

English Graduate Student Association Colloquia Committee (elected)

Center for Writing Studies Graduate Programs Committee (elected)

Associate Editor, Poetry East

Writing Center Consultant, DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning


Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Graduate Student Fellow

Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship – Filipino

Graduate College Focal Point Grant

Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant

CCCC Scholar for the Dream Travel Award