Sharayah Bower

Sharayah Bower

Email: sabower@uncg.edu

Education: B.A. Kutztown University
                     M.A. Kutztown University
I proudly came into UNCG’s PhD English program as a first gen student in Fall 2018. Born and raised in Reading, PA, a city where roughly 74% of its residents survive under the poverty line, I too grew up in and out of poverty which has significantly shaped my academic path and interests. North Carolina is the first state where I have lived besides PA, so this has already been an exciting new experience for me. I’m also openly a survivor of sexual assault and physical/emotional abuse. I intend, through my studies and onward, to help make higher ed more accessible to the working and lower classes as well as to advocate about–and teach against–American rape culture.