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Fondren 504 | MS-625 | | 713.348.4479

Katerina Belik received her PhD from Kuban State University in Russia. Her dissertation explores modality as author’s coded signals determining reader’s predisposition for text interpretation. Before moving to the US, Katerina taught numerous linguistic courses in Kuban University. Some of them are the History of English Language, Theoretical Phonetics, Stylistics, and Text Interpretation. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience which includes work in a middle school of Houston ISD as a teacher and instructional leader, Lone Star Community College, Sam Houston State University, and the ESL Program at Rice University. She authored two textbooks and 11 scientific articles. Her current scholarly interests are in socio- and psycholinguistics.

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 128: Inner Dimensions
UNIV 601: Oral Communication Skills for International Graduate Students


Vasudha Bharadwaj

Fondren 428 | MS-625 | | 713.348.4285

Vasudha Bharadwaj received her PhD in English and History from the University of Rochester, where her dissertation focused on the political rhetoric surrounding the English language in late colonial India. She taught writing for over six years at the University of Rochester, and was a Lecturer of History in the State University of New York at Albany. Her postdoctoral project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich in Switzerland extended her work on the sociopolitical implications of the use of English to early postcolonial India. Her ongoing research and writing are on the relationship of language, social justice, and identity, using the lens of the English language in a non-native setting. 

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 160: Global English
UNIV 600: Academic Reading and Writing

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Elizabeth cummins munoz

Herring 129 | MS-630 | | 713.348.4273

Elizabeth Cummins Muñoz received her PhD in Latin American and US Hispanic Literature from the University of Houston, where she has taught courses in Latin American fiction and Women’s Studies. She has been teaching language and literature for close to two decades at the university and secondary levels, including six years at Rice in the Spanish language program. In addition to published translations and creative fiction, Cummins Muñoz’s scholarly research and publications explore the historical fiction of Greater Mexico and, more recently, negotiations of mothering identities among Hispanic immigrant nannies.

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 154: The Good, the Bad, and the Border (2 sections)


Herring 129 | MS-630 | | 713.348.4159

Dib is currently a Lecturer at Rice University and an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab in Montreal and TX/RX labs in Houston. She has a PhD in Anthropology and has received grants and awards from Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council, AMIDA's European training program, and Rice University's Humanities Research Center. Recent exhibits and publications include: MURMURATIONS (Lawndale Art Center), Sheaf of Times (Rudolph Blume Fine Art, Yerba Buena Gardens), Microsoundtrack for Pitman Park (Pitman Park), "The Forgetting Dis-ease: Making Time Matter" (differences), "Of Promises and Prototypes: The Archeology of the Future" (LIMN).

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 130: Writing Everyday Life (2 sections)


Fondren 504 | MS-625 | | 713.348.4479

Andrew Klein is a Lecturer at Rice University and a Research Associate at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.  He received his PhD in English from Rice University, where his dissertation focused on the relationship between poetry and philosophy in the line of American poets stretching from Ralph Waldo Emerson to John Ashbery.  Klein is currently pursuing further research on this topic, as well as his interests in pedagogy, sound studies, and the medical humanities.

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 185: Contemporary American Poetry
COMM 300: Communication in Digital Age


Fondren 424 | MS-625 | | 713.348.4494

Burke Nixon received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi, where he was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow in Fiction. Before joining Rice’s Program in Writing and Communication as a Core Lecturer, Nixon taught in the First-Year Writing Program at the University of West Georgia. A native Houstonian, he began his teaching career at the high school level in HISD as a Teach for America corps member, and has also taught in the Intensive English Program at Houston Community College’s Central Campus. His primary academic interests are the short story, literary nonfiction, and composition and critical thinking pedagogy. 

Spring 2019 Courses:
FWIS 163: Medical Humanities (2 sections)
COMM 415: Medical Communication