Ashanka Kumari is a doctoral candidate and teacher in English, Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include graduate student professionalization, multimodal composition and pedagogy and the intersections among identity studies, digital literacies, social media, and popular culture.
Her dissertation project looks at first-generation to college doctoral students in Rhetoric and Composition and the ways they navigate graduate study, academia, and negotiate a work-life balance.
Additionally, Ashanka serves as an Assistant Director of the Thomas R. Watson Conference and an Assistant Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Ashanka holds a B.A. in English and B.A.C. in Journalism from the University of Alabama and a M.A. in English, Composition and Rhetoric with a specialization certificate in digital humanities from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.