Emilie Koenig is an instructor and doctoral candidate in Rhetoric, Composition & Pedagogy at the University of Houston, where her courses include “Creation and Performance of Literature” and a hip-hop themed composition course.  Her research is focused on African-American rhetoric and hip-hop literacies, with forthcoming book chapters including: “‘A Soldier Till’ the War is Won: Black (DeHUMANizing) Iconography in The Boondocks” and “‘My Malcolm’: Self-Reliance and African American Cultural Expression.”  Her dissertation, entitled “’Listen to My Feet and I Will Tell You the Story of My Life: Recovering Tap Dance as Rhetorical Practice,” weaves together the words and stories of more than 100 tap dancers.  Emilie has presented her research at numerous national conferences, including the National Council of Black Studies, Rhetoric Society of America, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Emilie is a participant in the HipHopEd collective, and was the Houston ambassador for the 2014 Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S.—an urban science initiative created and run by GZA/the Genius, Dr. Christopher Emdin from Columbia University, and Rap Genius.   She was the organizing director and instructor of a summer arts education program at Magic Johnson’s Ujima Village, the Director of the Space City Tap Fest, and is currently a resident writer at the Houston-based non-profit, Writers in the Schools.  Emilie received her BA in English, MA in English Literature, and Graduate Certification in African American Studies from the University of Houston.  In addition to her scholarship, Emilie is an avid member of the dance community.  She has studied under legendary dancers such as Debbie Allen, Terry Beeman, Chloe Arnold, and the Emmy-award winning Jason Samuels Smith. 




Emilie Koenig
Executive Director