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Xiao Tan

Lecturer of Thompson Writing Program
Thompson Writing Program
Thompson Writing Program, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
Thompson Writing Program, Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Monday & Friday 10 am -12 pm  

Research Interests


My research focuses on the intersection of multimodal composition and second language writing. In general, I am interested in developing innovative teaching practices that help college students, especially those whose first language isn't English, become better academic writers in the digital age. 

My ongoing projects explore the multimodal features of several emerging genres in academic context, as well as the creators' experiences of navigating the genre conventions. These project provide insights into how scholars write and collaborate in real life and what skills and expertise are required in digitally mediated academic writing. 

In my teaching, I seek to leverage the affordances of the digital media and engage my students in the creating various types of texts. I am also working on developing writing activities that incorporate the use of AI tools in productive, ethical, and inspiring ways.