Katherine Flowers

Katherine Flowers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Writing Studies, Language Policy, the English Language

Research Interests

Writing Studies, Language Policy, Journalism and Professional Writing, Composition, the English Language, Sociocultural Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Literacy Studies, Research Methods


Ph.D.: English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
M.A.: English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
B.A.: English, University of Washington, 2010
B.S.: Oceanography, University of Washington, 2010


Katherine Flowers enjoys teaching first-year writing, journalism and professional writing, and courses about language and literacy. Her work has appeared in the "Journal of Sociolinguistics," "College Composition and Communication," "Language Policy," "Literacy in Composition Studies" and the "Journal of Language and Politics." In 2024, Cambridge University Press published her first book, "Making English Official: Writing and Resisting Local Language Policies."