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Alexandra Cavallaro

Alexandra Cavallaro

Associate Professor


Associate Professor
Office Phone(909) 537-3831
Office LocationUH-301.20


Director, Center for the Study of Correctional Education


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

B.A., Kutztown University


Undergraduate:First-Year Writing 

Writing in the Public Sphere 

Writing Center Studies 

Graduate:Computers and Composition 

Writing Center Studies 

The Western Rhetorical Tradition II 

(Alternative) Sites of Praxis: Writing Pedagogy and Rhetorical Education in an Age of Mass Incarceration 



Research and Teaching Interests

Literacy Studies; Rhetorical Education; Queer and Feminist Theory; Multimodal Composition; Critical Prison Studies; Prison Education

Selected Publications:

Cavallaro, Alexandra J. “Making Citizens Behind Bars (and the Stories We Tell About It): Queering Approaches to Prison Literacy Programs.” Literacy in Composition Studies 7.1 (2019).

Rowan, Karen, and Alexandra J. Cavallaro. “Toward a Model for Preparatory Community Listening.” Community Literacy Journal 13.1 (2018).

Cavallaro, Alexandra J. and Melissa K. Forbes. “Inside Voices: Collaborative and Multimodal Writing in a Prison Environment.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Art of Persuasion 16 (2016).

Cavallaro, Alexandra J. “Fighting Biblical ‘Textual Harassment’: Queer Rhetorical Pedagogies in the Extracurriculum.” enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture 18 (Spring 2015).

Cavallaro, Alexandra J. and Patrick W. Berry, with Elaine Vázquez, Carlos R. DeJesús, and Naomi García. “Sustaining Narratives of Hope: Literacy, Multimodality, and the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School.” English Education 46.4 (July 2014): 279-299.

Cavallaro, Alexandra J. and Patrick W. Berry, with Elaine Vázquez, Carlos R. DeJesús, and Naomi García. “(Re)voicing Teaching, Learning, and Possibility in Paseo Boricua.” Youth Community Inquiry: New Media for Community and Personal Growth. Eds. Bertram C. Bruce, Ann Peterson Bishop, and Nama R. Budhatoki. New York: Peter Lang Press, 2014.