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. Defending his dissertation on “The Failure of Meritocracy” in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, Scott received his Ph.D. in English from Brandeis in August 2013, and currently teaches Composition in the university writing program. He is also TESOL certified, and has taught Analytical Writing for Brandeis’s Gateway Scholars Program, as well as sections of the University Writing Seminar, engaging topics such as the frontier in the American imaginary, and the manifestation of aristocracy in American literature and culture. He is a repeat contributor to ESQ’s “Year in Conferences” project, has published work in ATQ, and has a forthcoming piece on Billy Budd set to appear in a volume titled, Facing Melville, Facing Italy: Democracy, Cosmopolitanism, Translation.

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 University, 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 writing 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 literature courses on early detective fiction as well a class on American history and literature.

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.

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.

Joshua Lederman

Doug Kirshen

marsha nourseMarsha Nourse
has taught in the Writing Program at Brandeis since 2016, after a career in a small liberal arts college where she taught a variety of literature and writing courses and served as Department Chair of Humanities and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts.  She received her BA in English from UMass Amherst and her MA in Women’s Literature from Goddard College (Cambridge). Her PhD work at UMass Amherst focused on American Poetry and Ecocritical Theory, as applied to environmental literature and nature poetry.  Her composition classes at Brandeis have included Eco-composition, Environmental Issues and Nature and currently Reading and Writing Boston. Her current research interests continue to focus on poetry, Jewish American literature and environmental writing.