Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she currently holds the inaugural Jonathan M. Hess Term Professorship. She researches, writes, and teaches about cultural rhetoric, literacy, citizenship, and resistance. 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?

Currently, 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.

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