Scott Sorrell is the Knight Institute Outreach Coordinator and a Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Workshop. As a trained anthropologist, he draws on his experience of ethnographic writing to teach students how to develop a regular writing practice that can help them hone critical thinking skills and become more comfortable translating their ideas into academic writing. By emphasizing writing as a cross-disciplinary tool for both thinking and learning, his teaching guides students as they develop elements of voice and style beyond disciplinary boundaries that often separate different genres of writing across the university. As Outreach Coordinator, he is excited to work with other faculty, departments,and programs to grow a more robust culture of writing practice and mutual support at Cornell.
Dr. Sorrell holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University where he researched practices of urban community making among LGBTQ groups in Bangalore, India. He previously taught in the Writing Workshop and has helped train graduate student instructors in writing pedagogy. He has also worked in– and learned from– many different fields over the years: from refugee resettlement support and political observation to commercial kitchens and customer service. Scott brings this breadth of knowledge and experience into his work supporting writers both in the classroom and beyond its walls.