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Deborah Brandt is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author most recently of The Rise of Writing: Redefining Mass Literacy (Cambridge University Press, 2015). For nearly 30 years at UW-Madison she taught undergraduate writing at all levels, as well as graduate courses in literacy studies, contemporary writing theory, and research methodology. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among other sources. In 2003 she was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book Literacy in American Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2001).