Carey Applegate teaches in the areas of English education, young adult literature and youth literacies, and composition. Her primary scholarship focuses on the rhetoric of education reform and grassroots education activism in digital spaces. Her other research areas involve preservice teachers and classroom inquiry, teacher candidates’ transitions into professional spaces, and education narratives in popular culture.
During the summer, Dr. Applegate directs the UW-Eau Claire Summer Writing Camp for 6th-10th grade students; the rest of her free time is spent catching up on her reading and writing projects, relaxing in her hammock, playing team trivia, and listening to live music. Over Winterim each year, she travels to Jamaica, where she co-teaches an international immersion course that studies Jamaican tourism through a transnational lens.
Dr. Applegate holds a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University, an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. in English from Illinois State University. She began her teaching career in the Mississippi Delta as part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps and has taught in both rural and urban high schools in Central Illinois.