Associate Professor, English
Director of First-Year Writing
and Writing Fellows Programs
Paula Mathieu came to Boston College in 2001 after completing a doctoral degree in Language Literacy and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois in her hometown of Chicago. At BC she teaches courses homelessness and literature, nonfiction writing, and rhetoric as cultural study, while also directing the First-Year Writing Program and the Writing Fellows Program. She is author of Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition and co-editor of three essay collections. She is currently writing two projects: one about the connections between mindfulness and teaching; and two, a study of Hobo News and the rhetorical power of dissident press. She began working with homeless writers in 1997 in Chicago, where she founded a writing group and learning center for homeless vendors of StreetWise newspaper. For three years she was Deputy Chair of the International Network of Street Papers.
Paula lives in Lexington, MA where she spends time with her husband, Alex; daughter, Delia; and adorable mutt, Penny. She enjoys drinking coffee, biking, taking piano lessons with her daughter, and playing on a co-ed softball team. Delia and Penny like visiting BC, and may show up at a Capstone course from time to time.
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