Katherine Flowers

Katherine Flowers

Assistant Professor


2012 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • PhD  2017  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA  2013  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA  2010  University of Washington
  • BS  2010  University of Washington

Teaching Interests

Academic, digital, public, and professional writing



Katherine Flowers specializes in writing studies and teaches courses in academic, digital, public, and professional writing. Her research interests include language policy, translingual theory, multimodality and semiotics, sociolinguistics, discourse studies, literacy studies, social movements, and research methodologies. She is currently researching and writing a book about the making of the English-only movement in the United States. In this archival and ethnographic study, she focuses on how people have locally written, discussed, and resisted English-only policies over the past forty years.


Flowers, K. S. (forthcoming, September 2019). "Writing studies’ concessions to the English-only movement: Revisiting CCCC’s National Language Policy and its reception." College Composition and Communication, 71(1).

Flowers, K. S. (2019). "Resisting and rewriting English-only policies: Navigating multilingual, raciolinguistic, and translingual approaches to language advocacy." Literacy in Composition Studies, 7(1), 67–89.

Flowers, Katherine S. (2016). "Making English local: Chronotopes in language policy discourse." Journal of Language and Politics, 15(4), 468–491.

Professional Honors

Emergent Researcher Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2019.

James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2018.

Scholar Research Support Grant, Hoover Library and Archives, Stanford University, 2018.

Bordin Gillette Research Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 2015.

Faculty & Staff