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Paula Mathieu

english department

Associate Professor

B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago                              

Stokes Hall S447
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3730
Fax: 617-552-4220
Personal website

Academic Profile

Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Specializes in composition and rhetoric, focusing especially on rhetorical studies of public cultures, community-based writing as social action, writing pedagogy, and university-community partnerships.

Publications (selected)

  • Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition (Boynton/Cook, Heinemann 2005).
  • Writing Places (Longman, 2005). Co-edited with George Grattan, Tim Lindgren, and Staci Shultz.
  • "Questions of Time: Publishing and Group Identity in the StreetWise Writers Group." Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom. (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004).
  • Co-editor (with David Downing and Claude Mark Hurlburt), Beyond English, Inc.: Curricular Reform for a Global Economy (2002).
  • "Not your Mama's Bus Tour: A Case for Radically Insufficient Writing." City Comp: Identities, Spaces, Practices. Bruce MComiskey and Cynthia Ryan, Eds. New York: SUNY (2003).
  • "Enacting Cultures: The Practice of Comparative Cultural Study," co written with James Sosnoski. The Relevance of English: Teaching that Matter's in Students' Lives. Robert Yagelski and Scott Leonard, Eds. Urbana, IL: NCTE 2003.

Additional Professional Information

Professor Mathieu writes about and works for the international street newspapers movement, which brings together local publications that provide income and a public voice for homeless people worldwide. She is a writer and board member at Spare Change News in Cambridge, MA and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Network of Street Papers.