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Associate Professor, Composition and Rhetoric

Pictured is Kirstin Hanley, Ph.D., assistant professor of composition and rhetoric. | Photo by Jim JudkisContact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Critical and Cultural Studies with a Certificate in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

  • English Composition I and II
  • Writing Studio
  • Senior Seminar
  • College Composition
  • Romanticism
  • Effective Speech


Kirstin Collins Hanley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of composition and rhetoric in the Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice at Point Park University. Hanley has taught a range of courses, focusing on composition theory, professional and academic writing, women's studies, and 18th Century British Literature. Her research explores the intersections between proto-feminist literatures and composition studies. Before coming to Point Park University, she was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Selected Publications

  • "Wollstonecraft in Translation: The Re-Education of Young Grandison," Forthcoming, New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century, Spring 2016.
  • "Wollstonecraft's 'Other Women': Feminist Pedagogies in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility," Forthcoming, Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in their Lives, Work, and Culture.
  • "Didacticism," The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, Ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch, Malden, Mass. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, Pedagogy and the Practice of Feminism, New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • "'A New Servitude': Pedagogy and Feminist Practice in Brontë's Jane Eyre," Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Winter 2009 issue.

Selected Presentations

  • "Exemplifying the 'Causes, Curses, and Cure': Education as Re-Imagining in Maria Edgeworth's Irish Tales," College English Association Conference, Indianapolis, Ind., Spring 2015.
  • "Rhetorics of Self-Reflection in Wollstonecraft's Mary and Maria," The Twenty-Second Annual British Women Writer's Conference, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, N.Y., Summer 2014.
  • "World-Making Through Education: Eighteenth Century Women Writers and Reform," College English Association Conference, Baltimore, Md., Spring 2014.
  • "Wollstonecraft in Translation: The Re-Education of Young Grandison," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Charleston, S.C., March 2013.
  • "Mary Wollstonecraft's Legacy of Teaching and Learning," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Decatur, Ga., March 2012.
  • "A Curious Legacy: Mary Wollstonecraft's Pedagogy and the Novels of Jane Austen," The Nineteenth Annual British Women Writer's Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 2011.
  • "Service-Learning in First-Year Composition," Western New York Service-Learning Conference, Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., October 2010.
  • "Promoting Global Thinking Through Local Issues: Feminist Pedagogy as Global Pedagogy in First-Year Composition," Gender Across Borders Conference, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., April 2010.
  • "Re-Educating The Female Reader," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Johnson City, Tenn., February 2010.

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