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Center Graduate Students: Kaia Simon

Kaia Simon

Kaia Simon 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

220 English Building | MC-718

Biographical Statement

I'm originally from Wisconsin, where I earned a BA in English Education from UW-Eau Claire and taught 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades for eight years before pursuing a PhD at the University of Illinois. My current research focuses on literacy studies and gender, with a particular focus on Hmong women.


Research Interests

Literacy Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Composition Theory & Pedagogy

Courses Taught

Positions Held

Peer Mentor, Center for Writing Studies


"Daughters Learning From Fathers: Family Literacies that Mediate Borders." Literacy in Composition Studies4.2 (2017): forthcoming.