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And the abyss also stares into you

Dr. Mauve Perle Tahat (Dr. Mauve) emerged from working class America as a teacher-scholar with myriad experiences in universities, publishing, the art world, and “blue-collar” jobs.

She has accumulated 15 years of experience with classroom and community teaching and is now focused on instructional design and critical pedagogies. Through independent publishing and organizing she learned about the power of a collective.

Her doctoral dissertation, “Specters of Racial Capitalism: Carceral Witnessing and Reparative Reading in Contemporary American Prison Life Writing,” defended with distinction in 2022, was inspired by years of engaging with her community and learning about the intricacies of policy and ordinary life. 

Dr. Mauve’s formal education includes training in education, culture studies, literary histories and American traditions. 

Centenary University, B.A. 2010

Lehigh University, M.Ed. 2012

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, M.A. 2015

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. 2022

Born in Easton, PA, she spent her early life in New Jersey + Lehigh Valley, PA. For almost a decade she has lived in the greater Pittsburgh region where she is now raising her two young children and teaching classes locally.

Recent Publication: "Ghastly Renderings: Carceral Literary Studies and the Intricacies of Space-Time"

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