Amber Engelson

Associate Professor, English & Communications

(413) 662-5489
60 Porter St. Rm 104


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

A.B., Occidental College

Courses Taught

ENGL 441: Writing Women

ENGL 331: The Story of English

ENGL 308: Writing Associate Workshop

ENGL 150: College Writing II

ENGL 100: College Writing I

Research/Creative Interests

My research explores the ways writers in diverse global contexts transform written English in their efforts to describe and change their worlds. Though my published research focuses specifically on Indonesian literacy practices, I am convinced that all writers transform English as they seek to understand and write the world, whether they write from within U.S. borders or beyond. The courses I teach, from “First-year Writing” to “The Story of English,” to “Writing Women,” are firmly grounded in the belief that the local is global and that we, as global citizens, must learn to negotiate diverse voices and audiences as we seek to re-write our world.

Research Specialties: Global Literacies; Feminist Rhetorics; Critical Pedagogies; Writing Across the Curriculum; Writing Center Theory.


Engelson, Amber. “‘To Whom Do We Have Students Write?’: Exploring Rhetorical Agency and Translanguaging in an Indonesian Graduate Writing Classroom.” Literacy in Composition Studies: April 2018.

Engelson, Amber. “‘Resources are Power’: Writing Across the Global Information Divide.” Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet. Eds. Rich Rice and Kirk St. Amant. Colorado: University of Colorado Press, May 2018.

Engelson, Amber. “‘The Hands of God at Work’: Negotiating Between Western and Religious Sponsorship in Indonesia.” College English 76.4 (March 2014): 292-314.

Engelson, Amber. “‘I Have No Mother Tongue”: (Re)Conceptualizing Rhetorical Voice in Indonesia.” Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rhetorics. Ed. Keith Lloyd. Under Review, January 2019. 

Book Project

Translanguaging with God: Negotiating Religion and Linguistic Imperialism in Indonesia.

Recent Conference Presentations

“Translanguaging to Serve: Towards Islamic Feminist Social Justice in Indonesia.” Rhetoric and Religion in the 21st Century: Possibilities, Publics, Partnerships. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Oct. 2018.

“Religion Matters: Translanguaging Towards Muslim-Feminist Ideals in Indonesia.” Thomas R. Watson Conference: Making Future Matters. Oct., 2018.

“‘Social Justice is Not About Language; It’s About Humanity’: Cosmopolitan Translanguaging in Indonesia.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO, 2018.

“Cultivating (Her)Story: Teaching Feminist Archival Research and the Politics of Imagining.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR, 2017.

“‘I’ll Assimilate…For Now’: Translingual Agency and the Spaces in Between.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation. Louisville, KY 2016.

“Listening Translingually: Towards a Graduate-level Pedagogy of Global Responsivity.” Thomas R. Watson Conference.  Responsivity: Defining, Encouraging, Enacting, Louisville, KY 2014.

“Opening Up the First-Year Research Project: Re-framing Academic Inquiry as a Local-Global, Public Endeavor.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN 2014.