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’s research focuses on how complex personal identities are transmuted through the lenses of language and literacy. She is completing a book titled Strategies of Placement: Locating the Person in Academic Writing, which explores how authors’ personal experiences appear on the page in academic 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. With writing center colleagues in Germany in 2017, she is researching undergraduate student perceptions of the value of a liberal arts education.
Christoph spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where she did field 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 holds a joint appointment as professor of English and as director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching. She is President of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and chaired the 2016 NCPTW conference, in Tacoma.