English and Journalism

Rebekah Buchanan

Assistant Professor
Zines and alternative presses, new literacy studies, youth subcultures, literacy practices
PhD in Urban Education (Language and Literacy), Women’s Studies, Temple University (2009)

Email rj-buchanan@wiu.edu
Office 226B Simpkins Hall: 309-298-1216
Office hours T 12:30-1:30, 4:30-5; Th 12:30-2 (SP 15)

Rebekah Buchanan’s research examines the narrative writing lives of zinesters. She explores zines as a life-long literacy practice that creates permanent writing lives and communities. She is interested in how personal narratives published in alternative spaces create sites where participants challenge traditionally accepted public narratives.

She has published articles on popular culture in the classroom, youth’s out of school literacy practices, and creating writing programs for dissertators. Her recent conference presentations include discussion of narrative inquiry as a research practice, riot grrrl rhetoric in zines, and research into dissertators’ writing practices.

Before coming to Western, Buchanan spent a number of years teaching high school English, creating an alternative high school in a CBO, designing summer writing programs for middle and high school youth, and doing writing center administrative work.

At Western she teaches teacher education methods courses, and women and literature (cross-listed with Women’s Studies).