Molly Appel is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature with a minor in Latin American Studies. She researches the pedagogical underpinnings of human rights literature and scholarship. Anchoring her research in the student movements of the Americas in the late 1960s, Molly examines how the critical pedagogies within literary texts and public discourses mediate student subjectivities. She argues that a recognition of these pedagogical mediations can both contribute to humanistic understandings of the development of human rights discourse and help cultivate empowered studentship through scholarly practice.
Molly was a 2007 Teach For America corps member in New York City, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Washington Heights and in the Bronx. Later, she provided instructional and curricular support to corps members while teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia. At Penn State she has been a teaching assistant in Comparative Literature, a research assistant for the Center for Global Studies, and an instructor of English 15 (Rhetoric and Composition). Her co-authored article with Dr. Beau Breslin and J.P Howley, J.D., can be found in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.