Katie Rodger
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Katie Rodger

  • Lecturer
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Office Hours: W 10:30-12; R 11-1, & by appt.


  1. Ph.D. 2010, UC Davis
  2. M.A. 2000, San Jose State University
  3. B.A. 1998, UC San Diego


Katie Rodger has been teaching at UC Davis since 2002, and has been a lecturer in the UWP since Spring 2011.

Katie's areas of interest include the intersections of science and writing, especially literature of the environment and the literature of the Pacific Ocean. For ten years, she researched the life and work of marine ecologist, Ed Ricketts, the model for John Steinbeck's "Doc" in Cannery Row. She published two volumes, a critical edition of Ricketts's letters (U. Alabama P, 2002) and his collected essays (U. California P, 2006). Currently, Katie is co-editing an encyclopedia of material culture, All Things Steinbeck, due to be published in 2014.

Recent conference presentations include a discussion of her Environmental Writing course at CCCC (spring 2013), and an interactive talk about multi-modal composition in her Writing in the Sciences class at the UC Writing Conference (fall 2013). In the fall of 2014, Katie will give a series of talks and workshops about science writing and interdisciplinary research and writing in Juneau, Alaska as part of the University of Alaska Southeast's One Campus, One Book project for 20014-15.

Katie regularly teaches Writing in the Sciences (104E), Environmental Writing (102G), and Advanced Composition (101), and has taught Writing for the Health Professions (104F), and a graduate workshop for STEM students working on publishing an academic journal article.

In 2013, Katie joined the Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop Program, and has collaborated with students and professors throughout UC Davis in programs and departments including Math, Comparative Literature, the School of Public Heath, and the Superfund Research Program.

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