Tobi Jacobi




Professor. B.A., English Education, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point; M.A., English (Creative Writing), University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (Composition and Literacy Studies), Syracuse University.

A specialist in community literacy studies, Professor Jacobi teaches courses in argument, public writing, composition theory, feminist theory and methodology, critical pedagogy, and literacy theory. She is the director of the Center for Community Literacy, Research and Outreach in the Department of English at Colorado State University. She also serves as the director of the CSU Writing Center. Her recent research focuses on understanding the complexities of moving adult literacy beyond the GED, the ethics of community-university relationships, and incarcerated women writers as activists. In addition to coediting a special issue of Reflections: A Journal for Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy on prison literacy, she has published essays on prison writing, community service learning and activism in the writing classroom, and the ethics of university-community collaborations in journals such as English Journal, Community Literacy Journal, and The Journal of Correctional Education. She is the book editor for Reflections and is working on a book on the writing practices of incarcerated women writers.




Jacobi, Tobi, and Ann Folwell Stanford, Eds. 2014. Women, Writing, and Prison: Activists, Scholars, and Writers Speak Out. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


Refereed Journal Articles/Chapters:


Hinshaw, Wendy, and Tobi Jacobi. 2015. “What Words Might Do: The Challenge of Representing Incarcerated Women and their Writing.” Feminist Formations 27.1 (Spring): 67-90.


Sheridan, Mary P., and Tobi Jacobi, 2015, “Critical Feminist Practice and Campus-Community Partnerships: A Review Essay,” Feminist Teacher 24.1-2: 138-150.


Nickoson, Lee, Kris Blair, Mary Sheridan, and Tobi Jacobi, 2015, Guest editors of special issue on feminist community work, Feminist Teacher 24.1-2: 105 pages.


Becker, Stephanie, and Tobi Jacobi, 2012, “Rewriting Confinement: Feminist and Queer Critical Literacy in SpeakOut! Writing Workshops,” Radical Teacher 95 (Winter): 32-40.


Jacobi, Tobi, 2011, “Speaking Out for Social Justice: The Problems and Possibilities of U.S. Women’s Jail Writing Workshops,” Critical Survey 23.3 (Fall): 40-54.


Refereed Chapters in Books:


Alessi, Lauren, and Tobi Jacobi, 2014, “The Limits of (Critical) Expressive Writing in Prisons and Jails,” Expressive Writing: Classroom and Community, Ed. Kathleen Adams, Lanham: MD: Rowman and Littlefield: 189-214.


Jacobi, Tobi, 2012, “Rant, Rave, Write: The Complexities of Zines as Community Literacy Activism,” Texts of Consequence: Composing Rhetorics of Social Activism for the Writing Classroom, Eds. Christopher Wilkey and Nicholas Mauriello, New York: Hampton Press: 209-231.


Jacobi, Tobi, 2012, “Twenty Year Sentences: Writing Workshops and Women in Prison,” Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates: Pedagogies of Possibilities, Eds. Linzi Manicom and Shirley Walters, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan: 111-127.


Jacobi, Tobi, and Elliott Johnston, 2012, “Writers Speaking Out: The Challenges of Community Publishing from Spaces of Confinement,” Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing, Eds. Paula Mathieu, Steve Parks, and Tiffany Rousculp, Lanham, MD: Lexington Press: 173-200.