Tanya Boucicaut

Tanya Boucicaut

Tanya Boucicaut

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Hip Hop rhetoric, Black Church rhetoric, community studies, personal narrative, documentary rhetoric, non-traditional students, theological writing

Presently, I’ve evolved to understand and embrace writing’s transformative ability to liberate. Writing allows us to confront, interrogate, plan, and reimagine what influences our past, present, and future through the lens of possibility. As a former writing instructor, assistant professor, and current editor for a nonprofit, my research interests intersect between Hip Hop rhetoric, Black Church rhetoric, and community studies as a Black woman scholar. I want to focus on critically examining, reclaiming, and opening spaces in those arenas for social change. My goal is to find ways to incorporate this work (in accessible ways) in the classroom, community, and the Church as a means of liberation.


I was an editorial assistant for the Journal of American Folklore from 2019 to 2021. 


B.A., English, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

M.Div., Theology, Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond, VA

M.F.A., Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Youth and Theology (Certificate), Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Doctoral student, Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University