Composition Instructors

Scott MooreScott Moore earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Chico, where he taught courses in literature, composition, and rhetoric in writing. During his stay in Northern California, he also spent time as a writing tutor, and worked as a technical writer for the CSU Research Foundation. Having recently defended his dissertation on the failure of meritocracy in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, Scott is set to receive his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis in August 2013. For the Brandeis writing program, he has taught sections of University Writing Seminar engaging topics such as the frontier in the American imaginary, and the manifestation of aristocracy in American literature and culture.

Lisa RourkeLisa Rourke received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College and her MBA from the Wharton School. More recently, she received her PhD in English Literature in May 2014 from Brandeis, where she wrote her dissertation on the role of the author in literary criticism. Lisa has taught Composition and the University Writing Seminar for the past six years. Her UWS classes have addressed topics including science and the supernatural and the nature/nurture debates illustrated in such works as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. In addition, she has taught a literature course on early detective fiction and is co-teaching an American history and literature class in the fall of 2014.

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Gordon Ruesch has taught Brandeis first-semester writers every fall since 1984. Before that, he took a B.A. in English Literature (U.Mass., Amherst), served two conscientious-objector years helping challenged epileptics, and four years in Korea first as Peace Corp tuberculosis-control volunteer, later as a university English instructor.  At Brandeis, despite never quite completing his doctoral dissertation (on Samuel Beckett) he has found rich fulfillment helping Brandeis writers—alongside teaching at Harvard’s Institute for English Language Programs since 1990, in workplace literacy programs, and in A.D. Little MBA English Instruction. Current interests include devising science-focused composition curricula and practical writing instruction for Aspergers/autistic writers.

Margaret CarkeetMargaret Carkeet received a B.S. from the University of Queensland and a B.A. in English from the University of Melbourne. At Brandeis, she is working on her PhD in English Literature; her dissertation, which she will defend in Fall 2014, analyzes colonial coming-of-age narratives during the Age of Empire (1880-1940). Margaret has taught has taught the University Writing Seminar for several years, on topics including Australia in the popular imagination, and unusual narratives that disrupt cultural norms, such as William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and the film Memento. In addition, she has taught a literature course in the Brandeis English Department on the cultural impact of World War One.

Nathaniel HodesNathaniel Hodes received his B.A. in English from Yale and completed his graduate work in English at Brandeis. His dissertation analyzes innovations in Renaissance logic and how they affected discourse of the period--in particular, the production of poetry. He was formerly an editor of Next American City, an urban studies magazine, and teaches writing classes at Brandeis and Bentley with an interdisciplinary urban studies theme (broadly examining how American cities function and why so many are in decay). He has previously taught a class on the literature of Renaissance imperialism and nationhood in the Brandeis English Department and served as a director of the Writing Center.

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