Randi Gray Kristensen is Assistant Professor in the University Writing Program, and a former Director of the Writing in the Disciplines (WID) program. She is also affiliate faculty with the Africana Studies program, where she teaches the Introduction to Africana Studies course annually, and affiliate faculty with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.
She holds the Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University (2000), the MFA in Fiction, LSU, (1993), and the BA, Sociology, Georgetown, (1982). She has been at GW since 2000. Prior to joining GW, she taught at LSU, St. Lawrence University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her publications include fiction, poetry, and essays, and co-edited and wrote a book chapter of Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom (Lexington Books, 2009).
Research areas include first-year and WID writing pedagogies, diversity and inclusionary pedagogies, African Diaspora literatures, and women’s studies. Dr. Kristensen's current book project examines how inequalities created by neoliberal policies have spurred a new “civilizing project” through humanitarian efforts that reproduce the social and economic relations that produced the problems they are intended to solve. In particular, she is examining the critiques offered by artists and writers from three post-disaster sites: Kingston, Jamaica; Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and New Orleans, LA. She is Faculty in Residence in Thurston Hall, the third largest first year dorm in the U.S. She is also writing a novel about female sex tourism in Jamaica.