Assistant Professor & Writing Center Director
Writing Center
Willard-DiLoreto Hall

Amanda Fields is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Central Connecticut State University as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Literary Mama. She co-edited My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After (The Experiment Press), a Silver winner of the 2019 Foreword INDIES, and Toward, Around, and Away From Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). Her writing and research have been published in BrevityIndiana ReviewSo to SpeakNashville ReviewKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and PedagogyThe Writing Center Journal, The Peer Review, Children's Literature Quarterly, Writing Program Administration, Sexuality Research and Social PolicyJournal of Adolescent Research, and others.

Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English
University of Arizona
Creative Writing
University of Minnesota
Iowa State University
Millikin University
Areas of Expertise

rhetoric; composition; assessment; antiracist policy and practice; queer & third space rhetorics; participatory action research; social policies; writing center theory; youth studies; creative writing

Publications, Research & Presentations

Books, Edited Collections

Fields, Amanda, and Rachel Moritz, editors. My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the Caesarean Experience and After. The Experiment Press, 2019.

Golson, Emily, Loubna Youssef, & Amanda Fields, editors. Toward, Around, and Away From Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

Articles (peer-reviewed)

Fields, Amanda, Elizabeth Leahy, Celeste DelRusso, & Erica Cirillo-McCarthy. “Snapping From the Center: Equitable Writing Center Administration.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2023, pp. 163-176.

Fields, Amanda. “The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam: An Analysis of Discourse By and About Youth Performance.” Children’s Literature Quarterly Vol. 47, No. 4, 2023, pp. 163-176.

Cirillo-McCarthy, Erica, Celeste DelRusso, Amanda Fields, and Elizabeth Leahy. “Preserving Self and Center: Equitable Writing Center Praxis that Rejects Absurdity.” The Peer Review, Issue 7, No. 1, 2023.

Fields, Amanda. “Composing an Anti-Racism and Social Justice Statement at a Rural Writing Center.” Writing Center Journal, Issue 39, no. 1-2, 2022, pp. 169-190.

Fields, Amanda, and Melanie Carter. “Keyword Analysis: Selfie.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, 2015, pp. 101-109.

Fields, Amanda, Londie T. Martin, Adela C. Licona, Elizabeth H. Tilley, and The Crossroads Collaborative. “Performing Urgency: Slamming and Spitting as Critical and Creative Response to State Crisis.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Issue 20, No. 1, 2015. 

Snapp, Shannon, Jennifer Hoenig, Amanda Fields, and Stephen T. Russell. “Messy, Butch, and Queer: LGBTQ Youth and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Journal of Adolescent Research, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2015, pp. 57-82.

Fields, Amanda, Shannon Snapp, Stephen T. Russell, Adela C. Licona, Elizabeth H. Tilley, and the Crossroads Collaborative. “Youth Voices and Knowledges: Slam Poetry Speaks to Social Policies.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2014, pp. 310-21.

Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

Crossroads Collaborative. “Reflections on Emergent Entremundista Pedagogy: Teacher-Researchers in Engaged Transdisciplinary Public Scholarship.” Civic Engagement in Global Contexts: International Education, Community Partnerships, and Higher Education. Edited by James Bowman and Jennifer DeWinter. University Press of Colorado, 2021. 111-132. 

Snapp, Shannon, Jennifer Hoenig, Amanda Fields, and Stephen T. Russell. “Messy, Butch, and Queer: LGBTQ Youth and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, edited by Anthony Nocella, Priya Parmar, & David Stovall. 2nd ed., Peter Lang Publishing, 2018, pp. 177-98. [reprint]

Hamel, Christine, Amanda Fields, Celeste DelRusso, and Marisa Sandoval. “Activist Mapping: (Re)framing Narratives about Writing Center Space.” Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies, edited by James Purdy and Danielle DeVoss. University of Michigan Press, 2017/Sweetland, 2016. 

Russell, Stephen T., Stacey Horn, Raymond L. Moody, Amanda Fields, and Elizabeth H. Tilley. “Enumerated U.S. State Laws: Evidence from Policy Advocacy.” Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Schooling, edited by Stephen T. Russell and Stacey Horn. Oxford UP, 2016, pp. 255-71.

Creative Nonfiction

Fields, Amanda. "We Haven't Said Much About God." Labor of Love: A Literary Mama Anthology. Edited by Amanda Jaros. Small Harbor Publishing, 2024.

Fields, Amanda. "Sea Watch." Mutha Magazine. October 2023.

Fields, Amanda. “Pulled into Brightness.” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, 2018 Contest Annual, pp. 51-63.

Fields, Amanda. “At Nile Badrawi.” Superstition Review, no. 6, 2010.

Fields, Amanda. “Feeling Strange.” Siouxland Magazine, Fall 2010.

Fields, Amanda. “Cairo Tunnel.” Brevity, no. 30, 2009.


Fields, Amanda. “Buffalo.” The Wrath-Bearing Tree, Feb. 2019.

Fields, Amanda. “Phosphorescence.” Nashville Review, Summer 2012.

Fields, Amanda. “Boiler Room.” Indiana Review vol. 29, no. 1, 2007.


Fields, Amanda. “One Pine Lake.” Contemporary American Voices, July 2012.

Fields, Amanda. “Muezzin.” Contemporary American Voices, July 2012.

Fields, Amanda. “The Last Good Bye.” George & Mertie’s Place, 2000.

Fields, Amanda. “Presentational Abortion.” Knotgrass, vol. 3, no. 1, 2000.

Research Briefs

Fields, Amanda, Leah Stauber, Sammy Dominguez, & The Crossroads Collaborative. “Listen, Mijito: Disidentification and Coalitional Consciousness in Youth Slam.” Crossroads Connections, April 2015.


Fields, Amanda. “Protecting the Patriarchy: A Conversation About Mom Rage with Minna Dubin.” Literary Mama, October/November 2023.

Fields, Amanda. “A Conversation with Sari Fordham.” Literary Mama, May/June 2021.


Fields, Amanda. “The Roots of Mama Rage: A Review of Writing Maternity: Medicine, Anxiety, Rhetoric, and Genre.” Literary Mama. July/August 2023.

Fields, Amanda. “Stet the Tears: A Review of You Could Make This Place Beautiful.Literary Mama. May/June 2023.

Fields, Amanda. “Since Feeling Is First: A Review of If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays.” Literary Mama. November/December 2022.

Fields, Amanda. “Transnational Motherhood: A Review of Mother Country.” Literary Mama. July/August 2022.

Fields, Amanda. “Giving Voice: A Review of When Home Is Not Safe: Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional and Physical Abuse,” by Judith Skillman and Linera Lucas. Literary Mama. March/April 2022.

Fields, Amanda. The Waiting Room, by Leah Kaminsky. Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 1, 2017.

Fields, Amanda. The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies Can Improve Education, by Benjamin L. Castleman. Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University. vol. 7, no. 1, 2016.

Fields, Amanda. The Longest Night, by Andria Williams. The Rumpus. 22 March 2016.

Fields, Amanda. Slam School: Learning Through Conflict in the Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Classroom, by Bronwen E. Low. Community Literacy Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, 2013.


Fields, Amanda. “Cairo Tunnel.” In Concert: An Integrated Approach to Reading & Writing, Book II, edited by Kathleen T. McWhorter, 1st ed., Pearson, 2012. (3rd reprint)

Fields, Amanda. “Cairo Tunnel.” Expressways: Scenarios for Paragraph and Essay Writing, edited by Kathleen T. McWhorter, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2012. (2nd reprint)

Fields, Amanda. “Cairo Tunnel.” The Compact Reader: Short Essays By Method and Theme, edited by Jane E. Aaron & Ellen Kuhl Repetto, 9th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. (1st reprint)

Awards & Grants

2019 Foreword Indies Silver Award in Essay Category for My Caesarean: Twenty-One Mothers on the C-Section Experience and After

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center writing resident: Nebraska City, NE, July 2018

2016 Kairos Best Webtext Award (awarded to best peer-reviewed webtext in the field)

Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation scholarship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board 

Fiction Resident, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

Fiction Resident at Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize - “Boiler Room,” Indiana Review 29.1

Nonfiction Resident Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Anderson Center Resident Fellow: Red Wing, MN

Nominated by the University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journals Award in Creative Nonfiction

Memberships & Affiliations

Editor in Chief, Literary Mama

Steering Committee, Northeast Writing Centers Association


International Writing Centers Association

Conference on College Composition and Communication

Council of Writing Program Administrators

National Council on the Teaching of English

Rhetoric Society of America

Coalition for Community Writing

Courses Taught


Narratives of Race and Identity

Youth and Social Change

Theories of Rhetoric and Composition


Topics in Theory & Literary Study: Rhetorics of Race and Identity

African-American Literature

Intermediate Composition

Tutoring Writing

Diversity in the United States

Writing for Publication

Advanced Composition

Business Writing

Life Stories: The Writers’ Workshop

Intermediate Literary Nonfiction

Research Writing

First-Year Writing

Introduction to Literary Nonfiction

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to Literature