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Paula Mathieu

english department

Paula Mathieu

Associate Professor

B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A. and Ph.D, University of Illinois at Chicago                              

Stokes Hall S447
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3730
Fax: 617-552-4220
Personal website


Academic Profile

Director of the First­-Year Writing Program. Specializes in composition and rhetoric, focusing especially on rhetorical studies of public cultures, community­based writing  as social action, and contemplative writing pedagogy.

Publications (selected)

  • “Being There: Mindfulness as Ethical Classroom Practice.” JAEPL. (2016).
  • “Excavating Indoor Voices: Inner Rhetoric and the Mindful Writing Teacher.” Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC) 2014.
  • Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. Co-edited with Stephen Parks and Tiffany Rousculp (Lexington, 2012).
  • Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition (Boynton/Cook, Heinemann 2005).
  • Writing Places (Longman, 2012/2005). Co-edited with George Grattan, Tim Lindgren, and Staci Shultz.
  • Co-editor (with David Downing and Claude Mark Hurlburt), Beyond English, Inc.: Curricular Reform for a Global Economy (2002).

Additional Professional Information

Professor Mathieu combines interest in writing activism and mindfulness and contemplative practice to bring about social justice. For over a decade, she worked with the international street newspapers movement, which brings together local publications that provide income and a public voice for homeless people worldwide. She also practices and teaches about mindfulness and contemplative practice. She is a member of the Editorial Board of College Composition and Communications (CCC) and the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (SWR) book series.