Carnegie Mellon University

Ana Cooke

Ana Cooke

Ph.D Student

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I’m interested in how networked online discourse inflects both public discourse and writing pedagogy, particularly in collaborative environments, and in the implications of online discourse for our theories of agency, genre, and circulation. For example, my dissertation investigates how genre enactment and public discursive uptake unfold over time in open collaborations; I trace diachronic shifts in the global warming-related Wikipedia articles as a way of seeing how genre inflects writing practices over time and across socio-technical systems.

I’m also interested in how we can best bolster students’ agency as learners across a range of contexts; for example, my current projects consider the role of reflection in fostering learning transfer, and also consider how students conceive of and enact intellectual risk in writing.

I hold a B.A. in English from Reed College and an M.A. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon; prior to coming to CMU, I taught ESL writing to adults and worked as a professional textbook editor.