BA, Carleton College, 1993
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
Julie Nelson Christoph's area of specialization is Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. She teaches courses on authorship, autobiography, literacy and culture, rhetorical theory, writing center studies, and first-year composition.
Christoph is completing a book titled Arguing with One's Life: Strategies of Placement in Narrative and Academic Writing, which explores how authors use references to their personal experiences in writing narrative, undergraduate essays, and scholarly writing. She is also researching the history of volunteer-based adult literacy instruction in the United States for a book, Altruism and Authority: The Development of American Volunteer-Based Adult Literacy Education in the Twentieth Century.
Christoph spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where she did comparative research on the legacy of Tanzania’s renowned adult literacy program of the 1970s and 1980s under the leadership of President Nyerere. She has also published work on the use of personal narrative in academic writing and on high school writing instruction, and she co-edited the 2014 Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research after Literacy in American Lives.
Christoph is also director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching. She is on the executive board of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and is host to the 2016 conference, to be held in Tacoma.