Our Poetic Ethnographers

 The Community of Poetic Ethnographers

We are a community of trained poetic ethnographers. Here are our members and contributors:

David I. Hanauer

David I. Hanauer is the founder and curator of the Poetic (Auto) Ethnography website. He is a professor of applied linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the current editor of the Scientific Study of Literature journal. His research has focused on the connection between authentic literacies and social function with a special emphasis on the genre aspects of reading and writing poetry. A large part of his career has been dedicated to the development of the ways in which poetry reading and writing can be used as a research method. His foundational work in the direction is the book Poetry as Research published by John Benjamins. His poetic auto ethnographic research has involved studies of soldier war experiences, child war experiences, the Kindertransport and the Holocaust. For a list of his publication and more information about Dr. Hanauer, please visit: 

David I. Hanauer Google Scholar 

David I. Hanauer Wikipedia Page

Justin Nicholes

Justin Nicholes is an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and serves on the editorial board of the Scientific Study of Literature. His research has focused on the role creative and academic writing plays in constructing academic identities, enhancing learning, and supporting college-student persistence. Justin’s research has appeared or is forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, Scientific Study of Literature, The WAC Journal, The STEAM Journal, Journal of Creative Writing Studies, and elsewhere. For a full list of publications and projects, go here: 


Atsushi Iida

Atsushi Iida is an Associate Professor of English in the University Education Center at Gunma University. His research interests include second language writing, poetry writing, and literature in second language education. He has co-edited International Perspectives on Creative Writing in Second Language Education (Routledge, 2022). His work has been published in numerous journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Scientific Study of Literature, System, Assessing Writing, and Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. For more information about Atsushi Iida and his research projects, please visit:



Justin Hopkins

Justin Hopkins is a Senior Teaching Professor of English and the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Franklin & Marshall College. Justin has used autoethnography in his teaching since 2016, and he published an account of his experiences with Peter Lang press in 2020: Autoethnography in Undergraduate Writing Courses. Justin has also published autoethnographies in Qualitative Inquiry and Qualitative Report, and he is currently working on a book-length project exploring the intersections of his identity as a Third Culture Individual (TCI) and a fan of popular culture book, film, and television. Justin contributes to writing center studies, most recently with regards to the correct usage of individual’s personal pronouns. Justin also regularly reviews performances of Shakespeare’s plays for a wide variety of scholarly publications.

 Amal Alharthi

Amal Alharthi holds a Ph.D. in English composition and applied linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on facilitating Saudi women’s voices in Saudi Arabia’s history and Islamic feminist scholarship. She also explored the meaning of feminism inside the Saudi context. Her research interests include feminist research, poetic inquiry, autoethnography, and creative writing. She presented in a number of international conferences, including the American Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Some of her work is under review, and others are in progress.

Kyung Min Kim

Kyung Min Kim is an Assistant Teaching Professor of the Liberal Arts at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in China. Her research focuses on second language writing issues, creative writing pedagogy, and cross-cultural movements across language and literacy. Her core agenda concerns the identity construction of learners from underrepresented groups, whether it be academic identities or multilingual identities. Her articles have been published in TESOL Quarterly, Teaching in Higher Education, Language Awareness, and the Journal of Creative Writing Studies. Her poetic ethnographic research has addressed the experiences of study abroad students, second language writers, and 1.5 generation immigrants. For a list of her publications, please visit:

Kyung Min Kim Google Scholar

Fang-Yu Liao

Fang-Yu Liao is an Assistant Professor of English in the Foreign Language Center at Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Her research interests include translingual pedagogy, poetic (auto)ethnography, and second language writing. Since 2007 as a college exchange student from Taiwan, Fang-Yu has been introduced to Hanauer’s meaningful literacy practice through poetry writing. Starting from 2014, she has taught poetic autoethnography in composition courses to both L1 and L2 students in the contexts of the U.S. and Taiwan. With this background, her publications range from a poetic autoethnography on the longitudinal journey of writing poetry in a second language to various qualitative and quantitative studies on teaching poetic autoethnography as translingual pedagogy in composition courses and how both L1/L2 students perceive writing poetry in English. Please visit the following link for more comprehensive list of her research publications: