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About Dr. Ashley Karlin  

Ashley Karlin is Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California. She teaches first-year and advanced writing courses for undergraduates, predominantly those in the pre-health and STEM majors. At USC, she is co-PI of the STEM Write-to-Learn Study, which investigates the power of writing to improve how students understand, assimilate, and retain knowledge of core concepts in gateway STEM courses. She is also director of a special Spring Break experiential learning and writing course that takes a group of students to Port-au-Prince, to write their way through non-profit work, shadowing physicians, and community health research in Haiti.  She holds a PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University, where she wrote a dissertation analyzing a series of formal, published dialogues between Buddhist contemplatives and Western scientists to examine discourse patterns that accompany talk across epistemic difference.