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About Katherine Landau Wright

Dr. Katherine Landau Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture at Boise State University, and director of the Boise State University Literacy Lab.  She started in 2016 after completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research, funded by the International Literacy Association's Steven A. Stahl Research Grant, developed writing-to-learn practices for middle and high school classes and won the Association of Literacy Educators and Researcher's 2016 Dissertation Award. She has published in educational research journals (e.g., International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education; Journal of Curriculum & Instruction) as well as pieces for science and literacy practitioners (i.e., The Reading Teacher; The Science Teacher). She serves as a reviewer for Literacy Research and Instruction. Prior to entering academia, she was a middle school English and Social Studies teacher. Her experiences working with both native speaking and language-learning students in the classroom motivate her research focused on developing strategies for engaging and supporting middle and high school readers and writers.


August 2016 Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture
August 20142016 Graduate Assistant, Texas A&M University ‐ CEHD Writing Initiative (P.O.W.E.R.)
January 2013May 2015 Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University ‐ Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 - Dissertation Award - Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER)


2016 Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University
2007 M.A.T. - Secondary Education, Northeastern University
2006 B.A. - Humanities (Focus: History and Literature), Wheelock College

Articles (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Conference Proceedings (1)

Presentations (2)

Interviews (1)