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Cody C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Stanford University


Literature and Literary Theory, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Studies


I am a teacher of English and American literature and expository writing. My pedagogy emphasizes accessibility, intellectual autonomy, diversity, and creativity. I take pride in designing original and engaging lesson plans and in providing transformative, constructive feedback on student work. I am the author of The Art of Interpretation, a pedagogical book that seeks to empower students to become more impassioned and intentional interpreters of literature by framing interpretation as an art, and the interpreter as an artist. I am also co-author of Sound Writing, a free, born-digital writing handbook created to facilitate students' mastery of university-level English-language composition in the context of critical discussions about the legitimacy of non-standard English forms.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.


Want to create your own language? Want to write poetry in your own language? Together we will learn what it takes to create an original language. You will come out of the project not only with something to brag about to your friends but also with a highly sophisticated understanding of the structures of language, from its sounds to its grammars.

Alternative Canons

The canon of English literature is overwhelmingly male and white. Are you interested in reading literary works written by writers who fall outside of this purview? What would a canon composed only of women and people of color look like? Together we will explore some of the most important texts produced by a set of writers of your choosing. We will come away having read and appreciated a range of texts, having interrogated the idea of canonicity and its relationship to power, and having identified possible areas for future research.

Languages I know

French (reading), Spanish (reading)

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant, English Dept., Stanford University In undergraduate courses on the history of English poetry, the Harlem Renaissance, and modernist literature, I designed original lesson plans and facilitated weekly discussion sections with students on lecture material; I evaluated and provided comprehensive qualitative feedback on student writing; I advised and provided academic and emotional support to students one-on-one during weekly scheduled office hours; and I served as a trusted liaison between students and faculty, often advocating for students' rights. Undergraduate Honors Mentor, English Dept. and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University As a graduate student mentor to undergraduate honors students, I worked closely with individual mentees, supporting them throughout the process of writing an honors thesis, meeting with students regularly, providing feedback on student writing, and sharing content knowledge and expertise. Project topics included: narrative and its relation to medicine; esotericism in the poetry of Keats; and art museums and the stewardship of racial memory. Conversational English Tutor, Language Orientation and Tutoring Program, Stanford University The Stanford Language and Orientation Tutoring Program pairs graduate student tutors with graduate students who have opted into the program to facilitate the latter’s acquisition of conversational skills and acclimation to Stanford campus culture. Writing Advisor, Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, University of Puget Sound As a writing advisor, I met with students from all disciplines by appointment to guide them through all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revising. As a tutor, I emphasized simplicity of expression, complexity of thought, logical consistency, and organizational coherence.


Work experience

Meta (2022 - Current)
Content Strategist


University of Puget Sound
BA Bachelor of Arts (2017)
Stanford University
MA Master of Arts (2019)
Stanford University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy

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