Dr. Steven Alvarez
B.A., University of Arizona
M.Ph., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Ph.D., The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Research Focus: Literacy Studies, Composition Pedagogy, Ethnography, Writing Program Administration, Foodways Literacies, Ethnopoetics
Steven Alvarez joined the English department in Spring 2017, as assistant professor of English and director of the First-Year Writing Program. He specializes in literacy studies and bilingual education with a focus on Mexican immigrant communities. He teaches courses ranging from autobiographical writing, ethnographic methods, visual rhetoric, and “taco literacy,” a course exploring the foodways of Mexican immigrants in the United States.
He recently completed a book manuscript titled Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies (State University of New York Press). The project is an ethnographic study about how English language acquisition and literacy transformed family relations and structured educational ambitions within a specific Spanish-dominant urban immigrant mentoring program in New York City. The program cultivated a sense of community and academic participation closely allied to ethnic identity, encouraging a sense of value for bilingualism as a political tool for—and the everyday reality of—immigrant families.
His second book Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs (National Council of Teachers of English) explores two K-12 after-school programs and how to connect educators with communities in meaningful and reciprocal ways. This community literacy research builds on his research in New York City with research in Kentucky and explores the ways teachers can build relationships with emergent bilingual communities outside of school settings.