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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Vani Kannan

Vani Kannan portrait

Assistant Professor, City University of New York—Lehman College


May 2018

Assistant Professor, City University of New York—Lehman College (fall 2018)

PhD, Syracuse University,. M.A., Rhetoric & Composition, Colorado State University; B.A., Anthropology/Music, Barnard College

Dissertation: The Third World Women's Alliance: History, Geopolitics, and Form.

An interdisciplinary scholar of writing studies, rhetoric, and women's and gender studies, Vani Kannan researches writing across contexts (academic disciplines, workplaces, communities), multimodal/multigenre composition, and transnational/women-of-color feminisms. Her work has appeared in Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture and Studies on Asia, and is forthcoming in the edited collection The Political Turn in the Trump Era: Writing, Democracy, Activism. Additionally, she has co-authored articles for Journal of Writing Assessment, Community Literacy Journal, Reflections: Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, Literacy in Composition Studies, and Journal of Academic Freedom. She is currently developing a book project on the Third World Women's Alliance, a group that organized against racism, sexism, and imperialism in New York City and the Bay Area during the 1970s.