Rachel Dean-Ruzicka


Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program
Office Location:
Skiles Classroom Building
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Personal Pronouns:
she, her, hers

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka is a Lecturer of Writing and Communication specializing in co-requisite course design and instruction. She has been in this role at Georgia Tech since 2016, after serving as a Marion L. Brittain Fellow from 2011-2014. Her research focuses broadly on popular culture, but the bulk of her publications cover young adult literature and comics. Her book, Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature: Engaging Difference and Identity, was published by Routledge in 2017, and released in paperback in 2019. Her work on this project was also published in Children’s Literature and Education and The Journal of Hate Studies. She has given invited talks on this research at Avila University and American University. More recently, she has published on paranormal teenagers and serial killers in Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Young Adult Literature and is curently completing an essay on the podcast My Favorite Murder for a collection on feminist detectives. Her teaching focuses on using popular culture artifacts to teach multimodal communication, with a heavy emphasis on process through analysis and scaffolding. She has presented her work on this pedagogy at the National Organization for Student Success and the USG Teaching and Learning Conference. A longtime member of Children’s Literature Association, she is one of three local planners for the June, 2021 annual conference in Atlanta.

  • PhD, American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • MA, Literature, Colorado State University
  • BA, English, Colorado State University
Awards and
  • Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Writing and Communication Program Pedagogy Award
  • Bowling Green State University Graduate Teaching Award
  • Midwest PCA Travel Grant
Areas of
  • Co-Requisite Communication Models
  • Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Cultural Studies
  • Women
  • Young Adult Literature


  • ENGL-0199: Support for ENGL 1101
  • ENGL-1101: English Composition I
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LCC-2200: Intro to Gender Studies
  • LMC-6749: Feminist Theory and STS
  • PUBP-6749: Feminist Theory STS

Selected Publications