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Elijah Simmons

Ph.D. Student

Research Areas

Writing Centers, Writing Program Administration, African-American Rhetoric, Rhetoric Of Attire, Inclusive Pedagogy Studies, Fictive Kinship and Geography’s Role in Composition.


Elijah Simmons (he/him/his) is a Ph.D. student in Writing and Cultural Rhetorics at Michigan State University. He held a McNair Fellowship at Miami University in Ohio where he completed his Master’s thesis on the embodied experience of Black bodies in college writing centers. He was awarded the Scholar for the Dream award from National Council of Teachers of English.


M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric, Miami University, 2017

B.A in English, Binghamton University, 2015

Representative Work

University of Buffalo – July, 2014 – Ronald McNair Conference
“Student’s Engagement with Assigned Readings”

Tampa Bay, Florida – March 2015 – Conference on College Composition and Communication 
“Ipads as Technology in the Writing Center”

Alliance, Ohio – March 2016  – East Central Writing Center Association
“Where is Ma Migo?”

Houston, Texas – April 2016 – Qualitative Research Network
“Trendsetters, Go-Getters…We all Da same, Get the Picture”

Dowagiac, Michigan – April 2017- East Central Writing Center Association
“Where Is Ma Culture? … Ya Dat One”

Portland,Oregon – April 2017 – Conference on College Composition and Communication
“Where is Ma Migo?” (Scholar For The Dream Travel Award Winner)