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Kristi Girdharry

  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Director of the Writing Center
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
Kristi Girdharry is the Director of the Writing Center and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Arts and Humanities division where she teaches foundational writing courses and the practicum on peer consulting and writing. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson & Wales University where, in addition to writing, she also taught courses on social media, communication skills, and advanced research methods. She holds a PhD in English with a focus in Rhetoric and Composition from Northeastern University. Much of her scholarly and pedagogical interests come from work with community sites and partners. Stemming from her role in the creation of an oral history project and digital archive built to capture the ephemera following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, her dissertation—“Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive”—offered a case study of a crowdsourced archive meant to simultaneously memorialize and historicize the events. She has published and given talks on aspects of this work ranging from understanding who participates in these types of story-sharing spaces to examining the linguistic practices of such story sharers, which show interesting markers of race, class, and inclusion/exclusion. With attention to the concept of “archival silencing,” she is currently working on a new oral history project that aims to safely uplift the voices of people who feel unheard in the media and to offer an historical record of communities' responses to violence in and around Boston. In addition to also working on scholarship related to teaching and tutoring, she is a co-editor for the Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition Series, which offers a current snapshot of the exigent themes, trends, and ideas within Writing Studies and also contextualizes each piece with activities and discussion questions to help aid in professional development conversations for instructors who may not have the means or time to attend the conferences and keep up with all recent scholarship. Relatedly, she is on the board of the Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network (BRAWN), which continues to offer free professional development opportunities for writing instructors.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Northeastern University
  • MA, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Academic Interest / Expertise

Writing Centers; Rhetoric and Composition; Community Engagement


Journal Articles

  • Smith, K.G., Girdharry, K., Gallagher, C.W. (2021). Writing Transfer, Integration, and the Need for the Long View. College Composition and Communication. Vol: 73, Issue: 1.
  • Girdharry, K. (2021). Organizational Sponsorship: An Ethical Framework for Community Oral History Projects. The Oral History Review. Vol: 48, Issue: 2, Page: 246-257. link
  • Girdharry, K. (2021). Gentle Excavations: Mindfully Shifting to an Explicitly Antiracist Writing Center. The Peer Review. Vol: 5, Issue: 1. link
  • Girdharry, K. (2020). #BostonStrong/BostonStrong?: A Personal Essay on Digital Community Engagement. Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. Vol: 19, Issue: 2, Page: 195-207. link
  • Girdharry, K. (2019). Disrupting Social-Educational Spaces: Reflections on a Community-Based Learning Project. IMPACT: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning. link
  • Girdharry, K. (2019). Crowdsourcing History: Challenges and Opportunities of the Historial Archive. The Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. Issue: 14. link
  • Girdharry, K. (2019). "Enough to Write the Papers": Reading and Reflection in the Writing Tutorial. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. Vol: 43, Issue: 5-6. link

Book Chapters

  • Girdharry, K. (2020). Practically Online: Redesigning Student-Led Presentations for Online Environments: Textshop Experiments: Pedagogy Pop Up. Vol: 7, Issue: 5. link
  • Girdharry, K., Simpson, A. (2019). Introduction to the 2019 Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition Series : Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition Series . Parlor Press. link
  • Girdharry, K., Benda, J., Gallagher, C.W., Lerner, N., Noonan, M. (2018). Confronting "Superdiversity" in U.S. Writing Programs: The Internationalization of U.S. Writing Programs. Utah State University Press.


  • Grammar Errors that Grind our Gears: Evaluating Context in Business Communication Getchell, K. Christ, K. Lentz, P. Association of Business Communication Conference, Denver, CO (2023)
  • Sip 'N Speak with the Liberal Arts Christ, K. Rourke, K. Back to Babson 2023, Babson College (2023)
  • Allyship in the Workplace Kerrigan, M. Girdharry, K. Taste Of Babson, Babson College (2022)
  • Writing for Wikipedia Girdharry, K. Learn & Inspire, Babson College (2022)
  • What Changes in Student Writing? Girdharry, K. Gallagher, C. Smith, K. Donahue, T. Gere, A. Silver, N. Conference on College Composition and Communication, virtual (2021)
  • Let’s Go Remote!: Community-Engaged Learning in the Age of Covid-19 Girdharry, K. Finn, S. Avery-Miller, E. BRAWN Community Engagement Workshop, online (2020)
  • Narratives of Risk and/in Community Writing Girdharry, K. Conference on Community Writing , Philadelphia, PA (2019)
  • The show must go on, even if you just got the script: supporting first-generation students through writing and community engagement Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA (2019)
  • Archives on the Move: (Re)Circulating Identity, Language, and Precarious History Girdharry, K. The Twelfth Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition , Louisville, KY (2018)
  • Service-Learning and Community Partnerships in Writing Courses Girdharry, K. Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network - Summer Institute , Boston, MA (2018)
  • Digital Archives and Community Literacy Practices Girdharry, K. Dr. Charles N. Lesh's "Writing (Studies) in Public" course, virtual (2018)
  • Storytelling, Archives, and Resilience: 5 Years After the Boston Marathon Bombings Girdharry, K. Northeastern Digital Scholarship Group Series, Boston, MA (2018)
  • Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Abuse and Violence): Student Agency and Experience in Community Projects Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO (2018)
  • Tutor Reflection and Approaches in Multilingual Cross-Cultural Writing Center Sessions Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR (2017)
  • Building Meaningful Connections in Online Learning Spaces Girdharry, K. Biennial Conference on Critical Thinking and Writing, Hamden, CT (2016)
  • Methodological Orientations to the "Decolonized" Archive Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX (2016)
  • We Don’t Do That Here: Repositioning Grammar as Rhetorical Choice Girdharry, K. Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA), Keene, NH (2016)
  • "We are ALL Boston Strong!": Public Writing in Digital Community Spaces Girdharry, K. Modern Language Association, Austin, TX (2016)
  • "You want me to write what? Where?!": Spatial Theory and Place-Based Pedagogy Girdharry, K. Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network - Summer Institute , Boston, MA (2015)
  • Engaging Digital Community Spaces in the Composition Classroom Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL (2015)
  • Community Engagement in First-Year Writing Girdharry, K. Engaging Practices Conference, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Investigate Multilingual Writers’ Experiences Girdharry, K. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN (2014)
  • Around DH in 80 Days: Doing Digital Humanities from the Ground Up Girdharry, K. Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL (2014)
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  • St. Cloud State University (2019)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (2019 - Present)
  • International Writing Center Association (2019 - Present)
  • Northeast Writing Center Association (2019 - Present)
  • Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network (2014 - Present)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Inclusive Teaching Training Program - co-facilitator (Winter 2022 - Present)
  • Inclusive Teaching Training Program - co-facilitator (Summer 2021 - Present)