With a broad range of creative, professional, and scholarly interests, Dr. Cammie Kim Lin is right at home at Liberal Studies, where she has the opportunity to draw on all of them. Her creative work is focused on food writing—in particular, how identity and culture are shaped by and expressed through food. Related courses she offers include Food, Culture, & Identity (Global Topics) and Food Writing (Advanced Writing Studio). Cammie’s cookbook, co-written with her sister, is called (Serious) New Cook: Recipes, Tips, & Techniques. It is an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award winner and a National Public Radio best book of the year.
Cammie believes writing is an essential tool for more deeply understanding and transforming oneself and the world—a belief that is central to her work as a writing professor. In her first-year writing classes, she puts equally heavy emphasis on three areas: deep, complex thinking; aesthetics and style; and technical skills.
As an education researcher with a background in pedagogy studies, Cammie’s primary focus is the teaching of writing and literature. Her research writing has appeared in numerous academic journals and edited volumes. Related professional interests include English education, public schools, queer pedagogy, young adult literature, and global coming-of-age narratives. She also has a background in critical theory and social justice education, and interests in critical mixed race studies and critical multiculturalism—fields that inform her work as the faculty advisor to the Liberal Studies Service Ambassadors and the Critical Service Learning Seminar (LS Elective) she teaches.