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Andrea McCrary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric & Composition
English Department, College of Arts & Sciences


Andrea (she/her) teaches in the English Department at Queens. She was a first-generation student, having grown up in East Tennessee and graduated from Queens. She teaches in the Professional Writing and Rhetoric program in the English Department, as well as in the First Year Writing Program and the General Education Program. She teaches courses in composition, visual rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, social movement rhetoric, and public memory. Her research interests include feminist theory and rhetoric, the rhetoric of social movements and protest, public memory and counterstory, and the rhetoric of murals and street art, along with contemplative and critical pedagogies. She is fascinated by the many ways we make meaning in the world, and the role of storytelling in every aspect of our lives lies at the heart of her work.

As she has reflected on the significance of her college experience on her life, Dr. McCrary has nurtured an approach to teaching that focuses on supporting students as they find their unique place in the world and as they envision the mark they want to make on their communities. In her classes, she seeks to help students engage the world as they become more confident consumers, critics, curators, and creators of information through reading and writing together. She was the 2005 recipient of the Joseph R. Grier Distinguished Professor Award. In addition to looking forward to meeting new students each year, she loves to spend her time reading, gardening, and in the company of friends and family.


Ph.D., English/Rhetoric and Composition, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
M.A., English, University of Tennessee
B.A., English, Queens College