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Diana Epelbaum


Director, Academic Writing Program
Associate Professor of Academic Writing


Academic Writing





Diana Epelbaum is Associate Professor of Academic Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, bridging Writing and Rhetoric Studies, Early American Literature, and History of Science. Her current book project, entitled Empire and Ecology: Gender and Place in Women’s Natural Histories of the Americas, 1688-1808, closely reads for agency in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century natural history text and art by women scientists, explorers, colonists, and early Republicans writing the Americas. She has given numerous talks within her research interests, and has published in the fields of education and American literature.

Before joining Marymount’s faculty, Dr. Epelbaum taught at several institutions, including the College of Staten Island, Bloomfield College, Miami-Dade College, and Florida International University. She is a reading specialist and educator trained in a balanced literacy approach, and has spent fifteen years in deep engagement—both in and out of the classroom—with best practices in writing, reading, and thinking pedagogies. In 2009, she was nominated by a student scholar and awarded The New York Times “Teachers Who Make a Difference Award,” for teaching excellence.


Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
M.S., Literacy Education, Pace University
B.A., English and American Literature, New York University

Recent Work

“Design, Pedagogy, and Pandemic Teaching Tools in an Interdisciplinary History of Science Course.” Teaching the Eighteenth Century, Eds. Miriam Wallace and Kate Parker (Bucknell U.P., forthcoming).

“‘Little Atlas’: Global Travel and Local Preservation in Maria Sybilla Merian’s The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam.” Transatlantic Eighteenth-Century Women Travelers, Ed. Misty Krueger (Bucknell U.P., March 2021).

“Knowing Emotion: College Initiation and Self-Confrontation in the ‘Meta’ Writing Classroom.” Preserving Emotion in Student Writing, Ed. Craig Wynne (Peter Lang, Dec. 2020).

“Pioneering Kate Chopin’s Feminism: Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons as Patchwork Precursor to The Awakening,” Kate Chopin in Context: New Approaches, Ed. Heather Ostman and Kate O’Donoghue. Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.

“Multiple Intelligence Assessments Give Insight Into Reading Comprehension Difficulties and Potential,” The International Journal of Learning 14.5 (2007): 243-252.


Diana Epelbaum’s research interests include pedagogy, writing and rhetoric studies, early American literature and cultural history, women’s studies, cultures of Enlightenment science, and the history of science.


  • Spring 2023:
  • EWL 390: Women Writing Early America & the Caribbean (CHP)
  • Writ 310: Professional Writing Across Disciplines
  • Fall 2022
  • Writ 009: Effective Thinking Lab

  • AIP 324: Race and Place in Natural Histories of the Americas (CHP)

  • Writ 201: Advanced Writing Seminar
  • Spring 2022
  • Writ 101: Writing Seminar I
  • Fall 2021: 

  • Writ 009: Effective Thinking Lab

  • AIP 324: Race and Place in Natural Histories of the Americas (CHP)

  • Spring 2021:

  • Writ 101: Writing about Writing

  • Writ 011: Writing Lab

  • Writ 310: Professional Writing Across Disciplines

  • Fall 2020:

  • Writ 101: Writing about Writing (linked with NYC Seminar)

  • AIP 324: Race and Place in Natural Histories of the Americas (CHP)

  • Fall 2019:

  • Writ 101: Writing about Writing (QUEST)

  • AIP 324: Race and Place in Natural Histories of the Americas

  • Spring 2019:

  • Writ 102: Writing about Writing

  • Fall 2018:

    Writ 201: Writing About Writing

  • Spring 2018:

    Writ 101: Critical Intersections: Identity in America

    Writ 011: Writing Lab

  • Fall 2017:

    Writ 010: Effective Thinking

  • Spring 2017:

    Writ 102: Genres of Discovery

    Writ 010: Effective Thinking

  • Fall 2016:

    Writ 101: American Rhetorics, from Early Nationhood to Today

    Writ 011: Writing Lab 

Professional Experience

CCCCs Writing about Writing Standing Group, Faculty Consultant, Conference Organizer, Secretary

XChanges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum, Review Board

Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, Review Board


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