My research examines how transnational literacy practices are valued according to shifting language ideologies in higher education, workplace, and community contexts. Methodologically, my work takes an empirical approach to multilingual writing, using literacy history interviews and qualitative analysis to study the lived experience of writing as a multilingual migrant. These interests inform my book, Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy; a multi-campus mixed-method study of students’ language backgrounds with Shanti Bruce and Deirdre Vinyard entitled “The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers”; and my current community-engaged literacy project with the International Language Institute of Massachusetts which has recently created a open source literacy curriculum for learning to drive in Massachusetts.


Articles and Essays

Book Chapters

  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Literate Mending: Community Writing and Critical Language Awareness.” Writing on the Wall: Literacy Education and the Resurgence of Nationalism. Eds. David Martins, Brooke Schreiber, and Xiaoye You. Utah State University Press. (Forthcoming December 2022.)
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Feeling ‘Whole-some’: How Transnational Writing Can Mend Literate Fragmentation.” Teaching and Studying Transnational Composition. Eds. Bruce Horner and Christiane Donahue. Modern Language Association, 2022: 190-206.
  • Bruce, Shanti, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, & Deirdre Vinyard. “Locating Linguistic Justice in Language Identity Surveys.” Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students. Eds. Brooke Schreiber, Eunjeong Lee, Jennifer T. Johnson, and Norah Fahim. Multilingual Matters. 2021: 19-40.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Managing Writing on the Move.” Mobility Work in Composition. Eds. Megan Faver Hartline, Bruce Horner, Ashanka Kumari, and Laura Matravers. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2021: 67-81.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Literate Resources and the Value of Language.” Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Bruce Horner, Brice Nordquist, and Susan Ryan. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2017: 161-171.
  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca. “Writing across Languages: Developing Rhetorical Attunement by Negotiating Difference.” Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms. Ed. A. Suresh Canagarajah. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013. 162-169.
  • Lorimer, Rebecca. “The Rhetorical Potential of Translation.” Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy. Eds. Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn. Long Grove, Ill.: Waveland Press, 2011. 210-216.

Edited Special Issue

Reviews and Short Essays

Work in Progress

  • Lorimer Leonard, Rebecca and Shawna Shapiro, Eds. “Special Issue on Critical Language Awareness in L2 Writing.” Journal of Second Language Writing (Forthcoming 2023)