Rebekah Buchanan is the Director of English Education and Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University, where she teaches English Education methods, professional writing courses, and courses on media literacy. In addition, she leads a Harry Potter study abroad course to the United Kingdom.
Her research examines the role of stories in people’s lives. She has published on popular culture and music in the classroom, youth’s out of school literacy practices, and zines in the classroom. Her recent book, Writing a Riot: Riot Grrrl Zines and Feminist Rhetorics, examines youth feminist activists. She is working on a book on Harry Potter fans and their relationship to reading as well as exploring how teachers are portrayed in film.
Rebekah spent a number of years teaching high school English and US History, designing summer writing programs for middle and high school youth, and doing writing center administrative work.
She conducts writing workshops in area prisons, jails, and youth detention centers.
Outside work you can find her learning to golf, listening to 80s punk and Brit pop, watching Supernatural, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, reading, and watching baseball.
You can learn more about Rebekah and her workshops at her website: rebekahjbuchanan.com.