Mary P. Sheridan

Professor & Director of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society


Mary P. Sheridan (PhD in Writing Studies from the U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) writes and teaches on questions relating to feminist methodologies, community engagement, and digital composing. She has written Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone and Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age (with Jennifer Rowsell) and has co-edited Making Future Matters; Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action; Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies as well as Feminism and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook. Her articles have appeared in CCC, Computers&Composition, Kairos, JAC, WrittenCommunication, FeministTeacher, CompositionStudies, and Journal of Basic Writing.

Sheridan won the 2010 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition; the 2009 Civic Scholarship/Book of the Year Award from Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy; and, as part of a collaborative group, the Computer and Composition’s Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award for 2008.