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Associate Professor, Composition and Rhetoric 

Director, Composition Program


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 and director of the composition program in the Department of Literature, Culture and Society 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, 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.
  • "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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