Alfred Guy

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Deputy Director, Poorvu Center

Director of Undergraduate Writing & Tutoring, Poorvu Center

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College

Ph.D., New York University, 1997
A.B., Harvard, 1986

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2020 marks my twenty-eighth year directing writing programs, including previous positions at New York University, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins.  Much of my scholarship in composition and rhetoric has focused on the link between writing and intellectual development; my later work in the field investigates academic freedom and teaching conditions of non-tenured faculty (including graduate student teachers). My research in science fiction examines new configurations of American feminism since the retrenchment of the 1980s, including attention to Patricia Anthony, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, and Maureen McHugh.


Rhetoric & composition, theories of teaching and learning, American science fiction and fantasy

Selected Publications:

- “Process Writing: Reflection and the Arts of Writing and Teaching.” In Writing-Based Teaching: Essential Practices and Enduring Traditions. Ed. Teresa Vilardi. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.

- “A New Paradigm for WPA Mentoring?: The Case of New York University’s Expository Writing Program,” by Alfred E. Guy Jr. and Rita Malenczyk. In Stories of Mentoring. Ed. Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Michelle F. Eble. Parlor Press. 2008.


English 114: Writing Seminars; ENGL 120: Writing the Modern Essay; ENGL 132: Science Fiction; ENGL 990: The Teaching of English; ENGL 083: Fantasy in Literature and Film