A Brief Bio

Nicole Papaioannou is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Arts in English program at St. John's University. She is currently working on her dissertation, a grounded theory study that traces students' experiences taking course-assigned writing and turning it into self-sponsored writing projects beyond class. Her academic interests lie in Composition and Rhetorical Theory, New Media and Digital Literacy, Ecocomposition, and Public Discourse. 

Nicole has a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ), where she studied English with a concentration in British literature. Her thesis is titled "'But they would not teach her to play': Child Heroines, Fantasy, and the Victorian Debate on Female Education." This paper outlines the re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alices by two Victorian women writers, Christina Rossetti (Speaking Likenesses) and Augusta Webster (Daffodil and the Croaxaxicans: A Romance of History), and traces their use of child heroines in fantasy worlds  as commentary on the Victorian debate on female education. Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Pace University (Pleasantville, NY).

Currently, Nicole teaches writing courses part-time at Pace University and works as a writing consultant at Montclair State University's Center for Writing Excellence. She has also taught writing in St. John's University's First Year Writing program and tutored at their Writing Center, along with teaching Pre-College Reading at Montclair State. 

Beyond her current professional pursuits, Nicole has acted as a technical writer at an IT consulting firm, a personal assistant to a magazine writer/book author, a horseback riding instructor, an online course teaching assistant, a campus tourguide, and a newsletter editor. She also interned during her time as an undergraduate as an academic advisor.

Her favorite poem is "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" by Richard Wilbur, and her favorite book is The Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind.

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