Brian Becker
Placement Test Writer, Basic Comp (100) Coordinator, Director

43 Mine St, Room 201

College Avenue Campus

"Radio's Disappearing Act: The Modern Folks," Raritan Quarterly, Fall 2018

American literature and dialect, Radio, Film, Folklore

Pedagogies of writing and close reading

Brian has been teaching with the Writing Program since 2016. He finished his PhD at Rutgers in 2015. He has also worked with educational publishers since 2005, helping to write, edit, and design test-prep and other materials. His work at Rutgers is relatively diverse--he writes and assesses the placement test for incoming students (approximately 6,000-7,000 students per year), and he coordinates Basic Composition (100) and Composition Skills (098) for the Writing Program. He is currently at work creating an free, open-source textbook for Basic Composition students and completing some personal writing projects.


Expository Writing (101), Basic Composition with Reading (100R), Composition Skills (098), English as Academic Discourse I (155), English as Academic Discourse II (156), Research in the Disciplines (201)


Principles of Literary Study: Prose, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Black Narrative, Harlem Renaissance, Introduction to American Literature I and II

Graduate School Fellowship, 2014 – 2015. Dissertation Teaching Award, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Honorable Mention, 2013 –
2014. Summer Departmental Funding, Summer 2013, Summer 2014. Graduate School Fellowship, 2011 – 2012. Mellon Summer Departmental Funding, Summer 2011, Summer 2012. Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers, 2008 – 2009. Teaching or Research Assistant Funding, 2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2012 – 2013, 2013 – 2014. Enosinian Scholar, Outstanding Undergraduate Research, George Washington University, 2005.

Ph.D. - Literatures in English, Rutgers, Completed May 2015

Dissertation - “Folk Moderns and Modern Folks: Media, Modernity, and the Migration of Real Americans”

M.A. - Humanities, The University of Chicago, Completed May 2006

Thesis: "Folk-Modernism: Intersection and Overlap in Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer"

B.A. - English, The George Washington University, Completed May 2005