Dr. Laurie Grobman, a professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks, has been involved with community writing for 20 years. Primary among this work is the facilitation of community-engaged scholarship and pedagogy to (re)write local histories of marginalized ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and cultural communities in Berks County and the city of Reading in Pennsylvania (see https://sites.psu.edu/localhistories/). Laurie has published several articles that address various ethical challenges emerging from community-engaged pedagogy focused on antiracism in such venues as CCC and College English. She has coauthored two articles with undergraduates: “Collaborative Complexities: Co-Authorship, Voice, and African American Rhetoric in Oral History Community Literacy Projects” (Community Literacy Journal, 2015) and “Counternarratives: Community Writing and Anti-Racist Rhetoric” (Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning, 2017). Laurie’s article, “‘Engaging Race’: Critical Race Inquiry and Community-Engaged Scholarship,” received the 2018 NCTE Richard C. Ohmann Outstanding Article in College English Award.
Professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks