Ph.D., English, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 2001
M.A., English, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 1996
J.D., Duke Law, Durham, North Carolina, 1987
B.A., SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, 1984
Research and Teaching Interests:
I am interested in the relationship between language, identity, and culture, and the associated notion of the materiality of language. This view recognizes that language is a material constituent of social relations, shaping how we know the world, ourselves and others. These concerns take my work into a number of closely affiliated fields, including new literacy studies, rhetoric, critical discourse theory, critical legal studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, and ethnography.
I am also very concerned with the teaching of writing and also study the institutional politics of literacy as they affect teachers and students.
Forthcoming: Boland, Mary R. “What is Academic Freedom?” in A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators. Rita Malenczyk, ed. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2013.
Boland, Mary R. “Disciplinary Ownership, Academic Freedom, and the Corporate University.” In Who Speaks For Writing? Jennifer Rich and Ethna Lay, eds. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2012.
Boland, Mary R. and Carol Peterson Haviland. “Studying with Fieldworkers: Archeology and Sociology.” In Who Owns This Text: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Cultures. Eds. Carol Peterson Haviland and Joan Mullin, eds. Logan Utah: Utah State UP, 2010.
Boland, Mary R. “The Stakes of Not Staking Our Claim: Academic Freedom and the Subject of Composition.” College English Volume 70, Number 2 (2007): 32 – 51.