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Khirsten Scott

  • Director, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Daughter of the US South, Dr. Khirsten L. Scott is a community-driven educator who centers and embodies liberatory Black feminist and womanist practice. She works across the disciplines of rhetorical theory and writing studies, digital and Black studies, as well as critical pedagogy. Khirsten is currently working on her first book which explores HBCUs and their survival within US Higher Education. Within the city of Pittsburgh, she is lead organizer and facilitator of HYPE Media (Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged Media), a critical literacies program focused on youth-led story-making possibilities that respond to stigmatized narratives of Black girls, Black women, and Black communities. Khirsten is cofounder and director of DBLAC, Digital Black Lit (-eracies and -eratures) and Composition, a virtual and in-person community offering writing support for Black scholars.

She is the Director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP). The WPWP site is one of 175 sites nationally, focusing on multimodal literacies across disciplines and levels; the main premise is "teachers teaching teachers," which means that the WPWP fosters teacher leadership and aims to diminish hierarchies. Her work can be found in Kairos, Prose Studies, the Routledge Reader of African American RhetoricMobility in Work in CompositionBridging the Gap: Multimodality in Theory and Practice and Kentucky Teacher Education Journal. Dr. Scott supervises undergraduate internship opportunities for HYPE Media, DBLAC, and WPWP during the fall, spring, and terms. More information about internship requirements can be found here.