Khirsten L. Echols is a doctoral candidate in English, Rhetoric and Composition, at the University of Louisville. She earned her Masters in English, Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies, from the University of Alabama and her Bachelor's of Arts in English, Language and Literature, from Tougaloo College. She is currently working on an archival based study centered on Tougaloo's institutional narrative which argues for revision to top-down historical narratives.
In addition to her research, Khirsten teaches composition at the University of Louisville. Her composition courses are specifically designed to address the goals of the university's African American living-learning communities.
Khirsten has presented her research at international and national conferences including Writing Across Borders (WRAB), Conference on College Composition (CCCC), College Language Association (CLA), and Feminisms and Rhetorics. She has publications in Kairos and actively assisted in the development of the forthcoming Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric. Further, she serves as co-founder of Digital Black Lit (-eracies and -eratures) and Composition (DBLAC) with Lou Maraj of The Ohio State University. DBLAC seeks to sponsor and mentor Black identified graduate students across the fields of literacy studies, literature, and composition.