Russell Mayo

Russell Mayo is from the Saginaw Valley near the Lake Huron shores of mid-Michigan. He is a father, a foodie, an avid biker, a self-taught drummer, and a PhD candidate of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research involves Composition, Rhetoric, and English Education, with a focus on the sociocultural foundations of literacy and education. Russ (re)mixes writing/education with research/pedagogy to explore (de)schooling and conviviality. A former middle grades teacher of English and Social Studies in Chapel Hill (NC), Russ has taught writing and coached writers from adolescents to graduate students. He currently works with first-year writers and preservice secondary English teachers UIC. He was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award by UIC’s Department of English. In Fall 2018, he was awarded the Provost’s Graduate Research Award for his project “Ivan Illich and the Rhetoric of Deschooling.” His recent publications include “The Everyday Anarchism of Peer Tutoring,” published by The Peer Review in June of 2018, and his book chapter “‘All schooled up’?: One Teacher’s Path Toward Deschooling,” to-be published by Peter Lang in Summer of 2019.