LDS Directors

Dr. Michael Harker, Director

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor, #2241
Phone: 404-413-5846
Email: mharker@gsu.edu

Dr. Michael Harker’s research and teaching interests include the history and theory of rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, and the history of higher education. He received his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in 2010. His current book The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate appeared in 2015 from SUNY Press. He has published articles in College Composition and Communication, Literacy in Composition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, Computers and Composition Online, and Composition Forum. Michael Harker is Co-Director of The Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives (DALN), a publicly available research archive of literacy narratives for which Georgia State University is a Contributing Partner and Sponsor.

Andrea Jurjević, Associate Director

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor, #2245
Email: ajurjevic@gsu.edu

Andrea Jurjević is a poet and literary translator. She is the author of Small Crimes (Anhinga Press, 2017), winner of the Philip Levine Prize, and the chapbook Nightcall (Willow Springs Editions, 2021). Her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020), which is currently longlisted for the National Translation Award. Andrea’s work has appeared in literary journals such as The Believer, TriQuarterly, The Nation, and many others. She is a recipient of a Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Hambidge Fellowship, and the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award. Andrea is a native of Croatia.

Alex Sladky, Assistant Director

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor
Email: asladky1@gsu.edu

Alexandra Sladky holds a Bachelor’s in Latin from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master’s in Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is interested in the rhetoric of translation, particularly where women’s translations of the classics are concerned, the history of rhetoric, and Latin education.

Alan Swirsky, Assistant Director

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor
Email: aswirsky@gsu.edu

Alan Swirsky is an Assistant Director in the Lower Division Studies Department.

 

 

Keith Derrick, Graduate Assistant

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor
Email: kderrick1@gsu.edu

Keith Derrick is a Graduate Assistant in Lower Division Studies assisting primarily in effective practices in iCollege, the university’s online course environment. He specializes in Long Nineteenth Century English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish Literature and the application of Queer Theory. He is currently researching the representation of asexuality in Long Nineteenth Literature. He received his BA in English from Kennesaw State University and his MSc in English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. His publications include the novella One Hand Clapping and a scholarly edition of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crimes and Other Stories.

 

 

Ashley Shaw, Graduate Assistant

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor
Email: ashaw40@gsu.edu

Ashley Shaw is a Graduate Assistant in the Lower Studies Division department.

 

 

Bailey McAlister, Graduate Assistant

Office Location: 25 Park Place, 22nd Floor
Email: bmcalister5@gsu.edu

Bailey McAlister has been in academic administration for over 6 years. She has worked as Social Media Coordinator for the Writing Center at Kennesaw State University and as Conference and Publications Manager for the Writing Studio at Georgia State University. Currently, she is a Graduate Assistant in Georgia State’s Lower Division Studies department working specifically with College to Career initiatives in ENGL 1101 and 1102. She also works as a writing instructor at Georgia State and a wine consultant in the Atlanta area. Bailey received her Master’s in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University and is working on her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Georgia State.

 

Dr. Angela M. Christie, Faculty Director of Georgia State University’s QEP

hallgodsey.angelaEmail: achristie@gsu.edu

Dr. Christie is a Lecturer with the Department of English. She joined the English Faculty and accepted the position of Associate Director, Lower-Division Studies in Spring 2009. Her area of scholarly interest is Nineteenth-Century British Fiction and Literary Theory. Dr. Christie received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her Masters’ and PhD from Georgia State University. She has presented papers at conferences such as the British Women’s Writers conference, the International Conference on Narrative, and SAMLA.