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Brandon M. Erby

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Brandon M. Erby

Spring 2019 Dissertation Fellow

Departments of English and African American Studies

The College of the Liberal Arts

430 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8704

Biography:

Brandon M. Erby is a dual-title Ph.D. candidate in English and African American and Diaspora Studies. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College and master’s degrees in American literature and rhetoric and composition from Seton Hall University and Penn State University, respectively. His research interests include African American rhetorical and literacy practices, rhetorical education, and the rhetoric and historiography of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Brandon’s dissertation, currently titled “Look What They Did to My Boy: Mamie Till-Mobley and the Rhetorics of Emmett Till,” details the activist work of Till-Mobley and traces the ways the Till murder informs rhetorical theory and issues of pedagogy, community organizing, and social justice. 

In addition to receiving predoctoral research grants from the Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays program, Brandon received a Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Scholars for the Dream award in 2016; a National Endowment for the Humanities award in 2017; and a Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation research fellowship in 2018. During his ARC fellowship semester, Brandon will present parts of his dissertation at the 2019 MLA in Chicago, IL and the 2019 CCCC in Pittsburgh, PA.