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Emily Murai
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
    • College Nine
    • College Ten
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Nat Sci 2 Main Building, 459 Natural Sciences 2
  • Office Hours Fall 2019: Tu/Th, 12-1p, and by appt.
  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses College Nine College 1 - Global and International Affairs; Writing 2 - Rhetoric and Inquiry; Writing 20 - The Nature of Written Discourse; Writing 21 - Meaning and Style: The Sentence in Context; Writing 23 - Grammar and Rhetoric: Language for Writing; Stevenson, Porter & Kresge 26 - Navigating the Research University; ENVS 100/L - Ecology and Society

Summary of Expertise

First-year composition and writing
International and global affairs
Science and technology studies
Human geography

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D, Geography, University of Minnesota
M.A., Cultural Sociology, New School for Social Research
B.A., Psychology and American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

Teaching Interests

I am a broadly-trained social scientist, with experience teaching lower-division writing courses, upper-division writing courses in the disciplines (particularly Global and Environmental Studies), a first-year experience course and courses in human geography. My goals in teaching writing are to equip students with the skills to read deeply and critically; to critically evaluate claims, evidence and analysis; to develop thoughtful and well-considered positions on complex and controversial issues; to draw conclusions from and substantiate their arguments with credible sources; to synthesize sources of information; and to become producers and active agents of reliable information and knowledge themselves. In my courses, I tightly scaffold assignments, enabling students to hone and refine foundational skills, while introducing them to tasks requiring deeper analytic sophistication and critical engagement. I teach on themes relating to higher education and student success. My approach is designed to prepare students to integrate into the research university, to succeed in their academic coursework (written or otherwise) and undertake rigorous scholarly work in their near-future.