Khirsten L. Scott


Assistant Professor


Daughter of the US South, Dr. Khirsten L. Scott is a community-driven educator who centers and embodies liberatory Black feminist and womanist practice. She works across the disciplines of rhetorical theory and writing studies, digital and Black studies, as well as critical pedagogy. Khirsten is currently working on her first book which explores HBCUs and their survival within US Higher Education. Within the city of Pittsburgh, she is lead organizer and facilitator of HYPE Media (Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged Media), a critical literacies program focused on youth-led story-making possibilities that respond to stigmatized narratives of Black girls, Black women, and Black communities. Khirsten is Director and co-founder of DBLAC, Digital Black Lit and Composition, a virtual and in-person community offering writing support for Black scholars. Her work can be found in KairosProse Studies, the Routledge Reader of African American RhetoricMobility in Work in CompositionBridging the Gap: Multimodality in Theory and Practice, and Kentucky Teacher Education Journal


Current Appointments: Center for Urban Education Faculty Fellow (2020-2023); Humanities Center Faculty Fellow (2021-2022)


Past Appointments: Committee of the Evaluation and Assessment of Teaching (CEAT)--Associate Director, 2018-2019; Director, 2019-2020


Awards: University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring (2020) 


Internship Opportunities

Dr. Scott supervises internship opportunities for HYPE Media and DBLAC during the fall and spring terms. More information about internship requirements can be found here. Dr. Scott invites emails regarding more information about either HYPE Media or DBLAC. 


Undergraduate Seminars 

ENGCMP 212: Hip Hop Writing and Culture


ENGCMP 1270: Storying Black: Projects in Black Rhetoric


ENGCMP 0570:  Rhetorics of Public Blackness


ENGCMP 1112: Professional Uses of Social Media 


Graduate Seminars

ENGLIT 2547: Critical Literacies and Pedagogies Across Urban and Higher Education 


ENGLIT 2996: Writing Pedagogy I