Associate Professor | Director of Composition

Kendra N. Bryant

- North Carolina A&T State University

Kendra N. Bryant is an assistant professor of English and the composition director at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro. Bryant obtained her Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition from the University of South Florida. Bryant has published peer-reviewed essays in journals like CLAJ, Journal of Basic Writing, and Studies in Popular Culture. She is also the editor of Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media, IGI-Global Publishers, 2016. 


Critical Race Theory – Beyond Myths: What the Debate Misses

Critical Race Theory (CRT) explores how the social constructs of race and ethnicity impinge on composing, interpretation, power relations, and communication. CRT traces its roots to Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?.” Recently, however, CRT has become politicized to the point that teachers in the U.S. are being threatened with termination from their jobs for discussing CRT and issues of systemic inequality in the classroom. For scholars and teachers in Writing Studies, this call to cancel CRT is problematic: cancelling CRT would require cancelling many of the foundational insights and lessons of the discipline, including composing; intellectual openness; literacy; research; rhetorical analysis; and rhetorical reasoning.