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Shannon Mooney

  • Assistant Teaching Professor
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
Shannon Mooney is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Babson College. Prior to joining Babson, Shannon was a visiting faculty member in the English Department at Mount Holyoke College, where she taught courses on contemporary American literature. In 2022, she completed her PhD in English with a concentration in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was also Writing Center Assistant Director and taught in the English Department and Writing Program.

Shannon's research focuses on contemporary multiethnic U.S. literature, with a focus on whiteness and cultural geography. Her current book project examines the emergence of literary and cultural texts set in the state of New Jersey at the turn of the twenty-first century, including works by Philip Roth and Junot Díaz, shows such as The Sopranos and Jersey Shore, and the rhetoric of the state's politicians. She also has scholarly and pedagogical interests in rhetoric and composition and writing center studies. Her research has appeared in Supernatural Studies, New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Sounding Out! The Sound Studies Blog.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • MA, University of Connecticut
  • BA, University of Maryland


Journal Articles

  • Mooney, S. (2022). “New Jersey Online: Affective Histories in Newark’s Digital Archives”. New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. link
  • Mooney, S. (2022). “Sticking to the Script: Constructing Sonic Whiteness in Get Out and Sorry to Bother You”. Supernatural Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Art, Media, and Culture. link

Articles - Circular or newsletter (e.g., Babson Insight)

  • Mooney, S. (2022). “Extroversion vs. Engagement: Exploring the Experiences of Shy Writing Center Tutors”. Another Word. link
  • Mooney, S. (2020). “Contemporary Television’s Construction of Sonic New Jersey”. Sounding Out! The Sound Studies Blog. link


  • “When Students Do the Work: Strategies for Student Self-Evaluation” Mooney, S. Northeast MLA, Boston (2024)
  • “Writing Centers and the Teaching of Literature" Mooney, S. International Writing Center Association Annual Conference, Baltimore (2023)
  • “Towards Collaborative Professional Development: The Inquiry Group Model” Mooney, S. Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC's), Chicago (2023)
  • “Localizing New Jersey Identity: Exploring Newark Through the Nork Audio Project" Mooney, S. Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP) Annual Conference, Online (2022)
  • “Transnational Identity and the Music of Bruce Springsteen in Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light" Mooney, S. American Studies Association Annual Conference, Online (2021)
  • “Suburban Geography and Identity Formation in Sung J. Woo’s Everything Asian.” Mooney, S. Northeast MLA Annual Conference, Online (2021)
  • “‘In Case You Didn’t Hear That…’: Listening to Incarcerated Voices in Serial and Ear Hustle.” Mooney, S. Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Seattle (2020)
  • “Sticking to the Script: Ventriloquizing Whiteness in Get Out and Sorry to Bother You.” Mooney, S. American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston (2019)
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