Hello! I’m Annika, a writer, teacher, researcher, and disability advocate. I’m a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition and Rhetoric in the Department of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my M.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 2011.
I divide my working time between serving as an Assistant Director in the Writing Fellows Program at UW-Madison, tutoring in The Writing Center, teaching undergraduate composition courses, and running a community-writing project. I’m also writing a dissertation on disability rhetoric. All of my work revolves around one central goal–to help people communicate who they are. In my research, this involves understanding the forces that influence people’s abilities to assert their identities and communicate their ideas. In my teaching, this involves helping undergraduate and graduate students learn how to communicate who they are in various modes–narrative, research, argumentation, and in both print and digital spaces.
I spend my personal time cooking far too elaborate meals with my partner, pedaling my bicycle up and down the Capitol hill in Madison, battling with my alpha female cat, playing the role of the middle child, and supporting my partner in his pursuit to become a doctor. I love to tell stories and I love listening to other people tell stories.
Look around and feel free to contact me with questions, thoughts, or feedback. I’d love to hear from you!