Stephanie Tsank joined the Rhetoric Department as a Lecturer in 2019. She also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa and at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She has worked closely with the Tippie College of Business over the last half-decade, supporting students via tutoring and serving as a writing consultant in the Accounting Writing Program. Originally from San Diego, Stephanie received her B.A. in Literature/Writing at UC-San Diego in 2010 before moving cross-country to New York City to pursue an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2018, Stephanie finished her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa, where she wrote her dissertation on how American writers use food to depict immigrant characters in works of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century realism.
Stephanie is passionate about teaching, writing instruction, and research at the intersection of literature, culture, and food. She currently teaches rhetoric for business majors, and has also taught Speaking & Reading, Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime, and a first-year seminar focused on the food memoir. She is a recipient of the Woodress Scholar Research Grant by the Cather Project, the W.R. Irwin Teaching Award, and the Ballard/Seashore Dissertation Fellowship. She has presented her work at MLA, NeMLA, the American Literature Association, and the Midwest Writing Center Association. Her work has been published in American Studies, the Willa Cather Review, Studies in American Naturalism, and Cather Studies, and she is currently working on a chapter contribution to an MLA volume on food and pedagogy. For more information about her research and pedagogy, feel free to visit stephanietsank.com.