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Assistant Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross

My name is K.J. Rawson and I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. My research and teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, digital media, and LGBT studies.

Previously, I was a Lecturer in the Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. I earned my Ph.D. in 2010 from Syracuse University in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program. Prior to my graduate work at SU, I completed a Master’s degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder in English Literature, with a focus on queer theory and critical race studies. I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Cornell University.

Outside of academia, my world revolves around my family––my wonderful partner Steph and our young daughter Maya––and a great many things that capture my interests. After having been a vegetarian for 7 years, I became vegan in 2007 and I’ve since developed a passion for vegan cooking, vegan eating and traveling for good vegan food. Captivated by the Arctic, high altitude mountaineering and bears, I am an avid reader of tales of exploration, bear encounters, and survival. Though my own ambitions are quite tempered, I’ve taken a few incredible trips––canoeing in the Yukon, backpacking and canoeing in northern Alaska, and backpacking in Wyoming. I take at least one backpacking trip every year and I have simmering plans for a trip to Everest base camp (my hope is to climb a nearby trekking peak). I enjoy hiking with my dogs Moze and Mango, playing with my cats Sappho and Frodo, gaming, reading, and watching movies.


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    Assistant Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross