Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is a writer, researcher, and educator. She has twenty years of experience in a range of community and higher education settings supporting and leading efforts in community building, curriculum development, instructional design, professional development, and writing across the lifespan. Her research areas are in social justice, cultural rhetorics, literacy, and writing studies. She has a particular interest in research that supports culturally relevant pedagogies and thinking critically about how communities teach, practice, and understand what it means to be citizens locally and globally. Her current research and writing investigates fandom and popular music as a nexus for transcultural exchange.

Her primary research investigates the ways in which communities teach, practice, and understand what it means to be a citizen. Her research is driven by a desire to understand how people learn to be present in the world. How do we use language to build communities, resist oppression, and seek joy? How does this learning occur across different spaces and throughout our lives?

She is working on several projects that creatively connect her interests in literacy, rhetoric, citizenship, and pedagogy. One of these projects examines public pedagogies and literacy practices that support global citizenship education. Through an examination of BTS, a renowned Korean band, and their global fandom, ARMY, she is working to understand the possibilities for global citizenship educations to occur across languages, borders, and cultures. She is also working with a team to create the #BTSSyllabus, a resource to provide support for those teaching and researching about BTS. For more on her current projects please see the descriptions listed here.

Currently, she is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she holds the inaugural Jonathan M. Hess Term Professorship.

Questions, or to Connect Follow her on Twitter: @DrEppsrobertson, or Email: ceppsro@email.unc.edu

Image Description: Dr. Epps-Robertson (r) and her daughter (l) sit in front of a painting with BTS posters along the side. They are smiling at the camera.
A Pedagogy of Hope
Image Description: Shows cover of book with a young man holding a sign that reads: Must we Learn Our Civics in Jail? Title of book is: Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, & Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia
2019 Outstanding Community Literacy Book Award