Harry Denny

Associate Professor and Director of University Writing Center

Harry Denny, Associate Professor of English, joined the faculty in 2006.  With help from Derek Owens and Robert Fanuzzi, he launched in 2006 the first free-standing Writing Center on the Staten Island campus.  Denny also administers the Institute for Writing Studies initiatives on First Year Writing and Writing across the Curriculum for the Staten Island campus.

Prior to joining the English faculty, Denny administered the Writing Center and taught in the Program for Writing & Rhetoric at Stony Brook University (SUNY), and he served as the Associate Director of Long Island University.

Denny’s primary work focuses on composition studies, writing center theory and practice, cultural studies and research methods.  His research has focused on the rhetoric of social movements and identity politics.  Other scholarship has explored those issues in relation to writing centers, particularly as sites for community-building and for cross-cultural/disciplinary dialog.  Denny has published on media, governmental, legal and activist responses to HIV and civil rights, and has produced work about identity politics in writing centers as well as the problematics of writing assessment protocol.

He is also involved with international, regional, and local writing center professional and community organizations.  Denny is currently the Treasurer and executive board member of the International Writing Centers Association, a former steering committee member of (and past Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer ) the Northeast Writing Centers Association, and a planning committee member for Metro-New York City Writing Center Professionals, a local collective.

Denny is serving as an outside reader on doctoral committees for students at Stony Brook University and has reviewed essays and manuscripts for Writing Center Journal, Journal of Teaching Writing, Signs, and Utah State University Press.