Danielle Koupf

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I began the PhD program in 2008 after completing my BA at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where I worked for the College Writing Program as a Writing Associate for two years. At Pitt I have enjoyed teaching Seminar in Composition and Written Professional Communication and serving as a mentor for new TAs with CEAT, the Committee for the Evaluation and Advancement of Teaching. I am broadly interested in histories of literacy and composition and theories of invention and authorship. My current project investigates invention, arrangement, and authorship in practices of textual reuse and recycling ranging from quotation to compilation. Drawing on both historical and contemporary primary materials, I demonstrate how combining and (re)arranging preexisting texts can be inventive and work at teasing out the complexities of agency in distributed models of composition.