Skip to main content area Skip to main navigation Skip to institutional navigation Skip to footer

Communication Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Shine Cain

Professor of Writing/Writing Center Director

Communications Art and Sciences


Ph.D., Marquette University


  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Introduction to Public and Professional Writing
  • Writing for Social Change
  • Writing the Personal Memoir
  • Writing Center Theory and Practice

Professional Experience

Dr. Cain currently serves on the Executive Board of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic English (EATAW), and has presented papers and published articles on writing centers, detective novelists, and contemporary American writers.

Her books include Leon Uris: A Critical Companion (Greenwood), Living in the USA: Cultural Contexts for Reading and Writing (Allyn & Bacon) and The Mercury Reader (Pearson),co-authored with Janice Neulieb and Stephen Ruffus. 

One of five siblings who graduated from Merrimack, Kathy Cain has taught at the college since 1984, where she offers courses in public and professional writing, memoir writing, and writing for social change.

During academic year 2005-2006 Dr. Cain was a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland, an experience that inspired her current research interests in multiple literacies and international dialogue on writing instruction.

Her stay in Belfast also resulted in the development of a short-term study abroad course in narratives of Irish history that features ten days in Dublin and Belfast.

Although Dr. Cain has served as Women’s Studies Program Director, English Department Chair, Writing Center Director, and Faculty Senate President, her most cherished title is Maimo (grandmother) to Declan the Wonder Grandchild.

  • Profile Image




McQuade Library #319