McMicken College of Arts & SciencesMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesUniversity of Cincinnati

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

English and Comparative LiteratureEnglish and Comparative Literature

English and Comparative Literature

Allison D. Carr

Allison Carr

Allison Carr

Contact Information

Position Student Lecturer
Ph.D. Rhetoric & Composition
Mail Location  0069


School Degree
University of Cincinnati Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature
University of Cincinnati M.A. English & Comparative Literature
Coe College B.A. English


Professional Summary

Allison Carr’s research interests include theories of affect, genre theory, and composition pedagogy. Her dissertation, Negative Space: Toward an Epistemology of Failure, develops a way of rethinking failure in the writing classroom—how it’s defined and how individuals respond to it. In submitting for investigation the otherwise-marginalized experience of failure, the dissertation insists that scholars and teachers come to understand failure as an affect-bearing concept that deserves more critical attention if writing advocates are to continue promoting writing as a vital skill in the 21st century. She’s received a handful of awards supporting this project (including a Graduate Summer Mentorship Award, a University Research Council summer fellowship, the Pat Belanoff Summer Research Award, and a Ricking Dissertation Fellowship), and delivered a portion of it as the keynote address at the Student Research Symposium at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA) in 2011. At UC, Allison teachers in the FYC sequence as well as courses in digital composing, writing for business, and the personal essay. Her work has appeared in CCC (with Laura Micciche, Feb. 2011), Harlot (2012), Computers and Composition Online (with Katie Trauth Taylor and Hannah Rule, 2013), and Composition Forum (2013). She also serves on the editorial staff of Queen City Writers. Allison tweets about food, baseball, her research, and other matters @hors_doeuvre.                        


“Toward Graduate Level Writing Instruction” (with Laura Micciche), Feb 2011.

“Cooking School.” Harlot of the Arts, 2012

“Collecting, Sharing, and Circulating Graduate Literacy Narratives.” (with Katie Trauth Taylor and Hannah Rule), Computers and Composition Online, 2013

“In Support of Failure.” Composition Forum, 2013

"Unbeing and Unbecoming": A Review of Judith Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure” Enculturation 2012.

Honors and Awards

Research Awards
Ricking Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013
Pat Belanoff Summer Research Award, 2012
University Research Council Summer Research Award, 2011
Graduate Student Mentor Fellowship, 2010
Taft Graduate Enrichment Award, 2010
Graduate Student Governance Association Research Award, 2010
Graduate Student Governance Association Group Grant Award, 2010

Travel & Achievement Awards
Robin Sheets Critical Essay Prize, Honorable Mention, 2012
Taft Graduate Travel Award, 2009-2013
Graduate Student Governance Association Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2009
Nominee, Boyce Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009, 2012
Taft Graduate Enhancement Award, 2009-2013
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2007-2013
University Graduate Scholarship, 2007-present


Search Committee for Vice Provost of UC-International, 2011-2012
Panelist, “Presenting at Conferences,” English Graduate Organization workshop series, 2011
Coordinator, “Last Word” celebration and reading for graduates, 2010
Vounteer, Ohio Festival of the Short Story, 2010
Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment Weekend, 2010
Co-chair, “Composing Ourselves: A Graduate Conference in Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition,” 2010
Graduate Member, Graduate Studies Committee, 2009-2011
Special Envoy to the Graduate Student Governance Association, 2009
Executive Board, English Graduate Organization, 2009-2011
Panelist, “PhD/MFA Applications,” English Graduate Organization workshop series, 2009
Campus co-coordinator, DALN Collection Event, 2009
Graduate Member, Composition Advisory Committee, 2008-2010
Peer Mentor, University of Cincinnati, 2008-2012
Judge, Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition, 2008-2011