Dr. Rosanne Carlo is an Assistant Professor specializing in rhetoric and composition at CSI. Her research interests include rhetorical theory, ethos and voice, material rhetorics, and place-based writing. Her research specifically explores the ways people understand their character development through objects and places. She primarily interested in how our surroundings (material, natural, cultural) help construct and inform ethos (character). In her writing, she works to examine how people become emotionally invested in their geographic spaces. Since working at CSI, she has become interested in how urban populations experience change in neighborhoods and community due to gentrification.


In her classroom pedagogy, Rosanne values the blending of personal and academic writing, analyzing and creating multimodal texts, and encouraging student collaboration in revision practices. She enjoys teaching a range of classes at CSI from first-year writing to MA classes in the teaching of writing. Previously, she worked with groups such as the National Writing Project (NWP) to promote collaboration between high school and college teachers of writing; she continues that work at CSI through offering professional development workshops for Staten Island high school teachers through a group called Staten Island Writes.


Rosanne also co-directs the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program at CSI. Her favorite aspects of the job are mentoring graduate student fellows and running professional development workshops for faculty.


PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona

MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona

BA in English, Eastern Connecticut State University

Scholarship / Publications

Recent Publications:

Carlo, Rosanne. “Transforming Rhetoric: Opening Doors Material and Place-Based Writings.”
Intraspection. vol. 1 (2018): 13-26.


Carlo, Rosanne. "Getting Centered: A Meditation on  Creating Pottery and Teaching Writing."
Journal for  the Assembly on the Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL).
vol. 22 no. 1 (Winter 2016-2017). 92-101.


Carlo, Rosanne. "Countering Institutional Success Stories: Outlaw Emotions in the Literacy Narrative." Composition Forum. Special Issue: Emotions in Composition. Ed. Lance Langdon. no.34 (Summer 2016) Web. http://compositionforum.com/issue/34/countering.php


Carlo, Rosanne. “Keyword Essay: Place-Based Literacies.” 
Community Literacy Journal. vol. 10 no.  2 (2016): 45- 56.  


Carlo, Rosanne. “Entering Grey Gardens: Exploring Queer Identifications with the Beales.”
The Writing Instructor. Special Issue: Queer and Now. Ed. Aneil Rallin, Rob Koch, and Trixie Smith. (2015):