Natalie Smith Carlson, Lecturer
Office: Minard 316G
Education: I received my Master's degree in composition rhetoric with an emphasis on women’s studies, and completed my B.A. at Minnesota State University with a degree in English, emphasis in multi-ethnic literature, a theatre minor and a Certificate in Publishing from New Rivers Press.
Academic Interests: I am interested in the representation of women, not only in composition, but societally, and I completed my thesis after studying the way first year students “read” the images of women in our culture. I’m also actively involved in working to challenge current medical and social rhetorics around breastfeeding and childbirth.
I press my students to become aware of and involved in social issues in our country. There are so many people who don't get the opportunity for the education that we are currently pursuing and I want my students to understand how we, collectively and individually, arrive at our prejudices, so we can be motivated to create change.
Experience: I have held several jobs in English and Theatre instruction over the past 15 years, as well as worked as a composition tutor at MSUM, NDSU, and privately. I’m elated to be working full time as a lecturer in this interesting and supportive department. I also teach in the Women and Gender Studies department, and altogether, have a wide range of classes this year, from English 120 to Writing in the Health Professions, and from Writing in the Technical Professions to Introduction to Masculinities. I’m always working to translate my interest in race, class and gender issues to my students.
Other: I am married and have three kids. We love to travel, make music, and be photographers.