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Karen Ruddy

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Department of Humanities
Writing Department

Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Coordinator, Fundamentals of Learning

Email: kruddy@yorku.ca


Dr. Karen Ruddy joined the Writing and Humanities departments in 2020 as a Sessional Assistant Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Social & Political Thought from York University, with a focus on transnational feminist and decolonizing literacies and pedagogies. An interdisciplinary scholar and educator, Karen has over 20 years of experience teaching across the disciplines in first-year general education courses and working as a writing instructor at York and community-based adult literacy programs.

Working within and across the humanities, writing studies and political studies, Karen is engaged in two research projects that further develop her doctoral work, Decolonizing Literacies: Transnational Feminism, Legacies of Coloniality and Pegagogies of Transformation (2016). One project explores how feminist education in general and literacy education in particular have become central pillars of neoliberal development and post-war reconstruction efforts. A second research project draws from traditions of anti-colonial (Friere), Indigenous (Simpson), and postcolonial (Spivak) thought to re-imagine literacy as decolonial and freedom-enhancing feminist political practice.

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Dr. Karen Ruddy joined the Writing and Humanities departments in 2020 as a Sessional Assistant Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Social & Political Thought from York University, with a focus on transnational feminist and decolonizing literacies and pedagogies. An interdisciplinary scholar and educator, Karen has over 20 years of experience teaching across the disciplines in first-year general education courses and working as a writing instructor at York and community-based adult literacy programs.

Working within and across the humanities and political studies, Karen is engaged in two research projects that further develop her doctoral work, Decolonizing Literacies: Transnational Feminism, Legacies of Coloniality and Pegagogies of Transformation (2016). One project explores how feminist education in general and literacy education in particular have become central pillars of neoliberal development and post-war reconstruction efforts. A second research project draws from traditions of anti-colonial (Friere), Indigenous, and postcolonial (Spivak) thought to re-imagine literacy as decolonial and freedom-enhancing feminist political practice.

She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Fundamentals of Learning program, an academic recovery program that supports LA&PS undergraduate students as they relaunch their studies after academic or personal setbacks. Her pedagogical scholarship focuses on the affective and embodied dimensions of writing pedagogy, and explores how student retention and persistence can be enhanced by pedagogies that embrace the affective experience of failure in the teaching and learning encounter.

Degrees

Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A. Social and Political Thought, York University
B.A. Political Studies, Queen's University

Research Interests

Writing , Post-Secondary Education and Research, Writing Pedagogy and Retention, Transnational feminist/anti-racist/decolonial rhetoric, literacies and pedagogies, Critical and community literacy , Globalization and Diaspora Studies

Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures TUTR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures LECT
Fall 2022 AP/FND1000 3.0 A Fundamentals of Learning TUTR
Fall 2022 AP/FND1000 3.0 A Fundamentals of Learning LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2023 AP/WRIT3011 3.0 M Reading the News: Examining the Rhetoric SEMR
Winter 2023 AP/FND1000 3.0 M Fundamentals of Learning LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures TUTR


Dr. Karen Ruddy joined the Writing and Humanities departments in 2020 as a Sessional Assistant Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Social & Political Thought from York University, with a focus on transnational feminist and decolonizing literacies and pedagogies. An interdisciplinary scholar and educator, Karen has over 20 years of experience teaching across the disciplines in first-year general education courses and working as a writing instructor at York and community-based adult literacy programs.

Working within and across the humanities, writing studies and political studies, Karen is engaged in two research projects that further develop her doctoral work, Decolonizing Literacies: Transnational Feminism, Legacies of Coloniality and Pegagogies of Transformation (2016). One project explores how feminist education in general and literacy education in particular have become central pillars of neoliberal development and post-war reconstruction efforts. A second research project draws from traditions of anti-colonial (Friere), Indigenous (Simpson), and postcolonial (Spivak) thought to re-imagine literacy as decolonial and freedom-enhancing feminist political practice.

Dr. Karen Ruddy joined the Writing and Humanities departments in 2020 as a Sessional Assistant Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Social & Political Thought from York University, with a focus on transnational feminist and decolonizing literacies and pedagogies. An interdisciplinary scholar and educator, Karen has over 20 years of experience teaching across the disciplines in first-year general education courses and working as a writing instructor at York and community-based adult literacy programs.

Working within and across the humanities and political studies, Karen is engaged in two research projects that further develop her doctoral work, Decolonizing Literacies: Transnational Feminism, Legacies of Coloniality and Pegagogies of Transformation (2016). One project explores how feminist education in general and literacy education in particular have become central pillars of neoliberal development and post-war reconstruction efforts. A second research project draws from traditions of anti-colonial (Friere), Indigenous, and postcolonial (Spivak) thought to re-imagine literacy as decolonial and freedom-enhancing feminist political practice.

She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Fundamentals of Learning program, an academic recovery program that supports LA&PS undergraduate students as they relaunch their studies after academic or personal setbacks. Her pedagogical scholarship focuses on the affective and embodied dimensions of writing pedagogy, and explores how student retention and persistence can be enhanced by pedagogies that embrace the affective experience of failure in the teaching and learning encounter.

Degrees

Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A. Social and Political Thought, York University
B.A. Political Studies, Queen's University

Research Interests

Writing , Post-Secondary Education and Research, Writing Pedagogy and Retention, Transnational feminist/anti-racist/decolonial rhetoric, literacies and pedagogies, Critical and community literacy , Globalization and Diaspora Studies


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures TUTR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures LECT
Fall 2022 AP/FND1000 3.0 A Fundamentals of Learning TUTR
Fall 2022 AP/FND1000 3.0 A Fundamentals of Learning LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2023 AP/WRIT3011 3.0 M Reading the News: Examining the Rhetoric SEMR
Winter 2023 AP/FND1000 3.0 M Fundamentals of Learning LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1250 6.0 A Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures TUTR