Lizzie Hutton

Lizzie Hutton

Assistant Professor of English
Director of the Howe Writing Center

137 King Library
Oxford Campus


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2018
  • MFA, University of Michigan, 1999
  • BA, Princeton University, 1995

Teaching Interests

  • Writing center theory and practice
  • Writing studies
  • Composition studies
  • Literacy studies
  • Creative writing

Research Interests

  • Writing Studies
  • Literacy Studies
  • Reading-writing connection
  • Disciplinary history of English studies
  • Writing Center Studies
  • Transfer studies

Selected Publications

  • "Mutual Adjustments: Learning from and Responding to Transfer Student Writers." College English 79.4, 2017. With Anne Ruggles Gere, Ben Keating, Anna V, Knutson, Naomi Silver, and Christie Toth.
  • She'd Waited Millennia, New Issues Press, 2011 (poetry)
  • The Example of Antonia White, New England Review, 26, 1, 2005.

Grants and Awards

  • Institute for the Humanities fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-16
  • Wabash Prize, Sycamore Review, 2009 (poetry)

Work in Progress

Dr. Hutton's current project, emerging from her dissertation, reconceptualizes Louise Rosenblatt's transactional theory for the writing classroom. It takes an historical approach to Rosenblatt's most mature theories, reframing them as profoundly shaped by the Boasian anthropology, literary criticism, and Deweyan aesthetics of the 1920s and 30s. This perspective offers a refreshed sense of what a transactional construct of reading and writing entails, and a new framework for understanding the transfer of literacy learning across reading and writing.