Hannah Harrison joined the Writing Program at Wake Forest this fall as an Assistant Teaching Professor after two years teaching WRI 111 Rhetoric of Food and Rhetoric of Athletics in a Visiting position. She completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Before that, she attended the University of Louisville for her master’s degree and earned her bachelor’s at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Hannah brings interests in community engagement, food systems advocacy, public writing, and rhetorical genre studies to the first-year writing classroom and to the interdisciplinary writing minor courses she teaches. As a member of the 2021-2023 ACE Fellows cohort, she is developing projects for Wake students to engage their writing and rhetorical skills in the local nonprofit sector, particularly with advocacy organizations working for change in our community’s food systems. She has served as a mentor to students in the Adopt-a-Deac Program at Wake and has spent many years working one-on-one with students in University Writing Centers. She has published research and delivered talks on student perceptions of feedback, on graduate student professional development, and on qualitative fieldwork and empirical research methods in Rhetoric & Writing Studies.
As a native of nearby Greensboro, NC, Hannah is thrilled to be “back home” as a member of the faculty at Wake Forest and the broader community. She returned to her beloved Piedmont region in 2018 and was fortunate to spend a season working as a farm hand before joining the faculty at Wake in Fall 2019. When she’s not working, Hannah maintains a huge backyard garden at her home in Ardmore with help from her partner, Nick. She also spends a fair amount of time caring for her six—yes, six—cats (3 indoor, 3 outdoor). She loves hiking during the cooler seasons of the year, she pays special attention to the moon, and she counts her blessings a good deal.