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Kirstin Collins Hanley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Composition and Rhetoric
Director, Composition Program

Pictured is Kirstin Hanley, Ph.D., assistant professor of composition and rhetoric. | Photo by Jim JudkisContact information


  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Critical and Cultural Studies with a Certificate in Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Writing Studio


Kirstin Collins Hanley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of composition and rhetoric and director of the composition program at Point Park University. Hanley has taught a range of courses, focusing on composition theory, professional and academic writing, women’s studies, and 18th Century British Literature. Her research explores the intersections between proto-feminist literatures and composition studies. Before coming to Point Park University, she was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • "Wollstonecraft in Translation: The Re-Education of Young Grandison," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Charleston, S.C., March 2013.
  • "Mary Wollstonecraft's Legacy of Teaching and Learning," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Decatur, Ga., March 2012.
  • "A Curious Legacy: Mary Wollstonecraft's Pedagogy and the Novels of Jane Austen," The Nineteenth Annual British Women Writer's Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, April 2011.
  • "Service-Learning in First-Year Composition," Western New York Service-Learning Conference, Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., October 2010.
  • "Promoting Global Thinking through Local Issues: Feminist Pedagogy as Global Pedagogy in First-Year Composition," Gender Across Borders Conference, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., April 2010.
  • "Re-Educating The Female Reader," Southeastern Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Johnson City, Tenn., February 2010.

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