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Cheryl Caesar

Associate Professor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office: 241 Bessey Hall
Email: caesarc@msu.edu
Website: http://caesarc.msu.domains/

Research Areas

Community-Engaged Scholarship; Translingual, and Transcultural Pedagogies; Writing for Wellness


Cheryl Caesar is active in developing the first-year writing and Preparation for College Writing curricula within a framework of transcultural and asset-based pedagogies. With the learning communities Adams 2.0 and Transforming Teaching Through Reflective Writing Experiences, she works to maintain collegial networks of professional development. She writes poetry, gives readings locally and works to support creative writers in the greater Lansing community.


Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation, 2013.

Doctorate of comparative literature (American/Russian), University of Paris – La Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008.

Awards and Recognitions

Winner of “all-ages” scholarship to the Social Justice workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. awarded by Indolent Books. Spring 2020.

“An Elegy for Singapore, Michigan.” Winner of third prize in international Singapore Poetry Contest, 2019. https://singaporeunbound.org/blog/2019/7/28/5th-singapore-poetry-contest-results.

Representative Work

Caesar, Cheryl. Flatman: Poems of Outrage in the Trump Era. Lansing: Thurston Howl Publications, Lansing: Thurston Howl Publications, 2020.

Meier, Joyce and Cheryl Caesar. “One Workshop; Two Stories (of Contingent Women Faculty Groups.” Feminisms and Rhetorics 2019: DIY Feminist Activism. November 14, 2019.

Meier, Joyce and Cheryl Caesar. “Mapping in Four Dimensions: Complexity and Mindfulness in a Community Project.” Biannual Conference of the Coalition for Community Writing. Philadelphia: October 18, 2019.

Acevedo, Denise M., Cheryl L. Caesar, Chana Kraus-Friedberg, Joyce A. Meier and Sara D. Miller. Transforming Teaching Through Reflective Writing Experiences, volume II. Michigan State University, 2019.

Caesar, Cheryl, David Medei and Sharon Ladenson. “Personal Visions and Stories: Seeing the Real Face of Refugees.” College English Association.New Orleans, March 30, 2019.

Meier, Joyce, David Medei and Cheryl Caesar. “More Than Words: Performing Cultural Identity.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh: March 16, 2019.

Meier, Joyce, Bree Gannon, David Medei and Cheryl Caesar. “Translingual Pedagogy, Rhetorical Listening, and Multimodal Experiences: A First-Year Writing Conference Fosters Intercultural Learning.” Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies and Emerging Pedagogies. Spring 2018. http://joglep.com/files/3515/1863/7487/4._Meier_etc.pdf

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 1004, Preparation for College Writing. Theme: Cultivating Character
WRA 101, Writing as Inquiry. Theme: Habits of Mind
AL 110, Writing and Civic Life. Theme: Dislocations

Research or Academic Affiliations

Michigan College English Association, executive board.

Lansing Poetry Club, secretary.

Modern Languages Association.

National Council of Teachers of English.

Social Media

Facebook: Cheryl Caesar Author
Twitter: @CherylCaesar