Associate Professor of English
St. Augustine Library, Room 166
Ph.D., New York University, 2005 (English Ed)
B.A., Stanford University, 1993 (Feminist Studies and Afro American
Carmen Kynard, an associate professor, joined the faculty at St.
John’s University, in 2008 where she also directs the first year
writing program with the Institute for Writing Studies.
Before coming to St. John’s University, she worked at
Rutgers-Newark University and Medgar Evers College of the City
University of New York.
Kynard works at the intersection of composition-rhetoric studies,
new literacies studies, and urban education. In particular,
she interrogates race and the politics of writing instruction in
secondary and post-secondary settings, looking closely at the ways
racialized political economies get expressed as literacy praxis.
She strives to bring to her research, teaching, and service a
commitment to educational change where the humanities, writing
studies, and critical pedagogy (in theory and in practice) work in
Kynard is a former high school
teacher with the New York City public schools/Coalition of
Essential Schools and college writing instructor at the City
University of New York (CUNY). She has led numerous projects
focusing on issues of language, literacy, and learning: consultant
for the Community Learning Centers Grant Project in Harlem,
educational consultant and curriculum developer for the African
Diaspora Institute/Caribbean Cultural Center of New York,
instructional coordinator for the Center for Black Literature at
Medgar Evers College, seminar leader for the New York City Writing
Project, seminar leader for Looking Both Ways (a joint staff
development project between CUNY, the New York City Department of
Education, and the Institute for Literacy Studies.) She has
published in Harvard Educational Review, Changing English,
College Composition and Communication,College English,
Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterlyand more.
Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest,
and the New Century in Composition-Literacy Studies (SUNY
Press, 2013) makes Black Freedom a 21st century literacy
movement . She is currently working on a new book project
that focuses on Black female college students’ writing as sites of
recursive memory as well as three research articles that
interrogate programmatic assessment practices and learning
objectives as racialized artifacts.She traces her research and
teaching at her website, “Education, Liberation, and the Black
Radical Tradition” (carmenkynard.org).