Curriculum Vitae

LaToya L. Sawyer


May 2017 (Expected) Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric

Certificate of Advanced Study in Women and Gender Studies

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Dissertation “Don’t Try and Play Me Out!”: Black Women’s Digital Rhetoric

and Agency on Social Media

Directors: Eileen Schell and Gwendolyn Pough
Committee: Patrick Berry, Steve Parks, Adam Banks
2009 M.A. in Newspaper, Magazine, and Online Media

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1998 B.A. in English
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

Academic Appointments

2012-Present Part-time Faculty, English Department
Quinnipiac University
July 2013, 2014 Instructor, Wuhan University Summer Intensive English Program
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
2011-2012 Teaching Assistant (instructor), Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Syracuse University

Fellowships, Awards & Distinctions

College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship

            Syracuse University, 2015

Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) Fellowship          

            National Council of Teachers of English, 2014-2016

College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship

            Syracuse University, 2013

College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship

            Syracuse University, 2012

Scholar for the Dream Award

            Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2012

 Graduate Assistantship

            Syracuse University, Writing Program, 2011-2012

Graduate Fellowship

            Syracuse University, African American Studies, 2010-2011



Sawyer, LaToya L. “‘All in Together Girls…’:Black Women Make Online Community, not War, Over Beyoncé and Feminism.” Peitho. 18.1 (2015) Web.

Haddix, Marcelle and LaToya L. Sawyer. “‘I Am My Child’s First Teacher’: Black Motherhood and Homeschooling as Activism.” Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering, and the Academy. Ed. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2013. 75-90. Print.

Nduati, Nyaboke, LaToya L. Sawyer, and Marcelle Haddix. “Review of Freire, Teaching, and Learning: Culture Circles Across Contexts by Mariana Souto-Manning.” Education Review. 15 (2012).

Sawyer, LaToya L. “She who Wears the Masque: Creolization in Nicki Minaj’s Performance as Rhetorical Agency.” Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture. Rutgers University Press. Under review.

To view my CV please click on the following link: LaToya Sawyer’s CV


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