James Austin

Assistant Professor and Developmental Writing Specialist


Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-35

Phone: 860.832.2603

Email: jpaustin@ccsu.edu


  • Ph.D., Education (Language and Literacy), University of California, Santa Barbara (2015)

  • M.F.A., English (Fiction), University of California, Irvine (2004)

  • M.A., English, Iowa State University (2002)

  • B.A., English, Wittenberg University (1998)

Recent Publications

  • 2022. Accepted. "Gecko." Short story. BULL
  • 2021 “An Oasis of Civic Engagement? Questioning the Transferability of Critical Dispositions Developed Within the American University in Cairo.” In Civic Engagement in Global Contexts: International Education, Community Partnerships, and Higher Education (Eds. James Bowman, Jennifer deWinter), Utah State UP. 
  • 2017 "Little Mister Utah." Short story. Chariton Review 39(2)
  • 2017 "Expanding Transnational Frames into Composition Studies: Revising the Rhetoric and Writing Minor at the American University in Cairo." Academic book chapter. In Emerging Writing Research From the Middle East-North Africa Region. Eds. Lisa Arnold, Anne Nebel, Lynne Ronesi. WAC Clearinghouse/University Press of Colorado. 

Research Interests

  • Literacy studies

  • Transnational composition studies

  • Writing development

  • Middle East-North Africa (MENA) 

  • Fiction writing