Meet the New Graduate Student Research Assistants

Photo_BenKeatingBenjamin Keating is a PhD student in U-M’s Joint Program in English and Education and a graduate student research assistant at the Sweetland Center for Writing. This is his third year at Sweetland, where he has worked on a range of projects. Much of his recent work has involved qualitative coding and analysis of interview transcripts for Sweetland’s studies of transfer student writing and a larger longitudinal study of undergraduate writing development at U-M. His own research interests include antiracist pedagogy, critical race and whiteness theory, language ideology, and discourse analysis. He has had two poems published recently: “Ports of Long Beach, CA” (in Green Mountains Review) and “Sickbed Lists” (in Juked).

Photo_AnnaKnutsonAnna Knutson is in her third year as a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education, and her second year as a GSRA for Sweetland. With the Sweetland research team, Anna is currently maintaining and analyzing data for a longitudinal study of undergraduate student writing, and she has also contributed to data collection and analysis for ongoing research on transfer students’ experiences with writing. In her doctoral research, Anna is interested in exploring whether/how individuals transfer knowledge about literacy and rhetoric between academic and non-academic (extracurricular and professional) contexts.

Photo_RyanMcCartyRyan McCarty started his GSRA appointment with Sweetland in the summer of 2015, helping to code and analyze interviews to understand transfer students’ experiences with writing across institutions. He is currently analyzing interviews and writing samples in a large longitudinal study of the differences between Writing Minors and non-minors. As a second-year PhD student with the Joint Program in English and Education, Ryan is studying the diverse language practices used by students in their learning processes, employing insights from Translation Studies to discuss the insights that moving between different languages can have on learning.