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PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ellen Cushman, a Cherokee Nation citizen, is the Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability and professor of English. In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities she is also the associate dean of academic affairs, diversity and inclusion. Her research explores institutional and community-based literacy practices using activist qualitative methods. Her most recent book, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People’s Perseverance (Oklahoma UP, 2011), is based on ethnohistorical research with her tribe and has become the basis of a digital humanities collaborative project. Cushman is the co-editor of the leading journal Research in the Teaching of English.