Denise K. Comer

Denise K. Comer

Professor of the Practice of Thompson Writing Program

External Address: 
Art Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90025, Duke University Uwp, Durham, NC 27708-0025
(919) 660-4357


Denise Comer's research interests include composition, nineteenth-century British literature, travel writing, and women's studies. Her current scholarship focuses on issues of the profession in composition and rhetoric, as well as Romantic and Victorian British women's travel writing in India.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia 1999

  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park 1995

  • B.A., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 1993

Selected Grants

Ronald McDonald House/Duke University Family Story Project awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013

Comer, D. K. Writing in Transit. A WID Reader. Fountainhead Press, 2015.

Comer, D. K., and B. G. Garrett. It’s Just a Dissertation. Transforming Your Dissertation From Daunting to Doable to Done. Fountainhead Press, 2014.

Comer, D. K., editor. Writing in Transit with Readings (In preparation). Fountainhead Press.

Comer, D. K. Writing for Success in College and Beyond: A Webtext. Fountainhead Press.

Baker, R. S., et al. “Educational data mining: A MOOC experience.” Data Mining And Learning Analytics: Applications in Educational Research, 2016, pp. 55–66. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781118998205.ch4. Full Text

Comer, D. K. “Learning How to Teach … Differently: Extracts from a MOOC Instructor’s Journal.” The MOOC Invasion, edited by Steven Krause and Charlie Lowe, Parlor Press, 2014.

Comer, D. K. “MOOCs Offer Students Opportunity to Grow as Writers.” Proceedings of the 7th International Mult-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2013. July 9-12, 2013. Orlando, Florida., 2013.

Comer, D. K., and Bradley Hammer. ““Surveying the Efficacy of Digital Response: Pedagogical Imperatives, Faculty Approaches, and Student Feedback.Teaching Writing with Technology, Fountainhead Press, 2008.

Comer, D. K. “"Negotiating Privilege in the Teaching of Travel Literature".” Methods for Teaching Travel Literature and Writing. Exploring the World and Self, edited by Eileen Groom, Peter Lang, 2005.

Comer, D. K. “Helen Lady Dufferin, Countess of Gifford.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, edited by W. B. Thesing, vol. 199, Gale Research, 1999, pp. 127–35.

Comer, D. K. “The Impact of E-Reading on Writing Programs.” Writing Program Administrators Conference Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15-18 July 2010.

Comer, D. K. “Fostering Multidisciplinary Pedagogies.” International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain, 15-17 November 2010.

Comer, Denise K., and Edward M. White. “Adventuring into MOOC Writing Assessment: Challenges, Results, and Possibilities.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 67, no. 3, Feb. 2016, pp. 318–59.

Comer, D. K., et al. “Writing to learn and learning to write across the disciplines: Peer-to-peer writing in introductory-level MOOCs.” International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, vol. 15, no. 5, Jan. 2014, pp. 26–82. Scopus, doi:10.19173/irrodl.v15i5.1850. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ahern-Dodson, J., and D. K. Comer. “The iPad and Writing in the Disciplines.” Writing Across the Curriculum, Jan. 2014.

Comer, D. K. “Translation and Transfer: Interdisciplinary Writing and Communication.” Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, vol. 11, 2013, pp. 106–12.

Ahern-Dodson, J., and D. K. Comer. “Multidisciplinarity and the Tablet: A Study of Writing Practices.” Writing Across the Curriculum, vol. 24, 2013, pp. 63–82.

Benz, B., et al. “WPAs, Writing Programs and the Common Reading Experience.” Writing Program Administrators, vol. 37, 2011, pp. 11–32.

Comer, D. K. “Changing Tables and Changing Culture: Pregnancy, Parenting, and First-Year Writing.” Composition Studies, vol. 37, no. 2, Oct. 2009, pp. 91–113.

Comer, D. K. “"white child is good, black child his [or her] slave": Women, children, and empire in early nineteenth-century India.” European Romantic Review, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2005, pp. 39–58. Scopus, doi:10.1080/1050958042000338543. Full Text