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Aubrey HeadshotI am a doctoral candidate in University of Michigan‘s Joint Program in English and Education. My dissertation project is a qualitative interview study designed to examine potential connections between the literacies working class first-generation college students practice in first-year writing courses and the literacies they practice outside of first-year writing. I have also served as a research assistant for the Writing Development Study sponsored by the Sweetland Center for Writing, and I have worked on a committee to collaboratively write policy briefs for the National Council of Teachers of English. My research interests focus on first-generation college students’ speaking and writing practices, literacy studies, composition pedagogy, multimodal composition, and higher education. In addition to my research experiences, I teach several writing courses in the English Department Writing Program at University of Michigan including first-year writing, upper-level academic argumentation, and professional writing—all of which incorporate online and multimodal composition in order to better support student writers in a digital age. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, I taught first-year writing at Salisbury University in Maryland where I also completed a Master’s degree in Composition, Language and Rhetoric.