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Kirk Astle

Assistant Professor
Office: 299 Bessey Hall
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Research Areas

American Literature, Literary Theory, Teaching the Incarcerated


Kirk Astle analyzes power formations through literary analyses of fictional representations as well as rhetorical analyses of non-fictional and professional texts. Having (re)written policies and curricula to accommodate both growing levels of scale and greater accessibility, exclusionary educational practices, whether conscious or unconsciously crafted, Dr. Astle finds discursive forms of domination can be eroded and replaced with effective, constructive, and just practices.


Ph.D., Michigan State University

MA, Northern Michigan University

BS, Northern Michigan Universtiy

Selected Courses Taught

WRA101: Writing as Inquiry

RCAH 326: Topics in Community Engagement “Representations of Mass Incarceration”

Research or Academic Affiliations

Modern Language Association