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Alyssa J. O'Brien

Alyssa J. O'Brien (650) 723-3802
Personal bio
Arriving at Stanford in 2001, Dr. Alyssa J. O'Brien has taught courses in PWR, Public Policy, and Continuing Studies. Her PWR courses attract students across the humanities and sciences, through themes such as Visual Rhetoric and Rhetoric and Global Leadership. She has co-taught the graduate course Writing and Rhetoric for Public Policy Audiences with Professor Bruce Owen for the past four years, instructing MPPs as well as graduate students from the GSB, Med School, and School of Education. As Coordinator of CCR (the Stanford Cross-Cultural Rhetoric project) and an advisor to SURF (the Stanford-US-Russia-Forum), she has mentored students in intercultural communication and facilitated successful project-based writing and presentation collaborations. Her Stanford Continuing Studies courses, Communicating with Creativity and Getting Started in Creative Writing, regularly draw Stanford alumni, Silicon Valley innovators, and lovers of the written word. In 2006, Alyssa won the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Teaching Award, and what she enjoys most is helping people discover their voices in writing of all kinds. Alyssa has also been an invited speaker in Asia, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East on subjects such as global learning, communication for leadership, visual rhetoric, educational practices, and mapping a change in writing. Her most recent presentations have been in Russia, Sweden, France, and Egypt. She completed her PhD on the writing and revision strategies of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Nella Larsen. Her current publications focus on intercultural communication, global citizenship, and the role of digital technologies in education. She lives near the ocean in Half Moon Bay, CA.

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