Harry Denny comes to Purdue as Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab. For the last nine years, he was faculty director of the University Writing Center at St. John’s University in New York City. Under his leadership, that writing center, along with the university’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program, were recognized as Conference on College Composition & Communication Writing Programs of Excellence in 2014.
Harry’s research focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, cultural studies and research methods. His research also analyzes the rhetoric of social movements and identity politics, particularly around LGBTQ issues at the intersection of race, economic class and institutional or systemic oppression. Harry’s first monograph, Facing the Center: Towards an Identity Politics of One-to-one Mentoring (Utah State University Press), explores how sociocultural dynamics impact the everyday interaction of writing conferences. His co-authored article with Anne Ellen Geller, “Of Lady Bugs, Low Status and Loving the Job,” published in Writing Center Journal, won the Best Article Award from the International Writing Centers Association in 2014.
Harry received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Temple University in Rhetoric and Communication. He also holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado.