Carmen Kynard is an assistant professor of English at St. John’s University where she is also the director of the first year writing program with the Institute for Writing Studies. In her work, she interrogates race and the politics of writing instruction in secondary and post-secondary settings, looking closely at the ways racialized political economies get expressed as literacy praxis. Kynard is a former high school teacher with the New York City public schools/Coalition of Essential Schools and instructor at the City University of New York (CUNY). She has led numerous projects focusing on issues of language, literacy, and learning and has published in Changing English, Teaching English at the Two-Year College, College English, Computers and Composition, Reading Research Quarterly, and English Teaching: Practice and Critique, College Composition and Communication. Her first book, Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Radicalism, and the New Century in Literacy and Composition Studies, is currently being revised for SUNY Press and she is currently working on a new project that focuses on Black female college students’ writing as sites of recursive memory.