Rhea Morgenstern

Lecturer II
English Department / English Department

Rhea Morgenstern

Phone Numbers

202-669-3602 (V)



Personal Website



Hall Memorial Building N207G

Office Hours

Fall 2019: Monday and Wednesday, 9 - 11 a.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rhea Kennedy Morgenstern has been teaching at Gallaudet since 2011, and joined the English Department in 2014. She focuses on courses in professional and multimedia writing. From 2016-2018, she served as an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow.

Ms. Morgenstern has written in the fields of journalism, fundraising, and public relations, and also worked as a photographer and editor. She has published articles and essays in The Washington Post, Grist, Civil Eats, Elevation DC, The Jewish Daily Forward, and two anthologies: Whereabouts: Stepping out of place (2Leaf Press) and Abundant Grace: Short fiction by DC area women (Paycock Press).  Her main beats are sustainable food, travel, and business.

Community involvement is an important part of Ms. Morgenstern's life. At Gallaudet, she has facilitated intergroup dialogues since 2008 and served on the board of Hillel since 2013. In the broader D.C. community, she has served on the boards of the DC State Fair and the Crossroads Community Food Network. In her free time, she loves to bike and garden.

She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, dog, and cat.

  • B.A. – Oberlin College 

    Major: Creative Writing

    Minor: African American Studies


    M.A. – The Johns Hopkins University 

    Concentration: Creative Nonfiction 

The Washington Post building sign

Ms. Morgenstern teaches courses in writing, critical thinking, and composition in digital environments. Students in her classes might find themselves devising an infographic or Thinglink, creating a website, touring the Washington Post headquarters, or writing a news article destined for publication.

Recent courses

ENG 360: Writing for Digital Media

ENG 370: Multimedia Composition 

ENG 385: Fundamentals of Journalism

GSR 102: Critical Reading and Writing

GSR 150: Introduction to Integrated Learning

GSR 220: Methods of Multiple Disciplines 

Intergroup Dialogue facilitator: 2008 - present

Scholastic Writing Awards judge: 2009 and 2012

Rakow Writing Awards judge: 2006, 2007, and 2016

MacDougall Writing Awards judge: 2016, 2017

Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute participant: 2017

Recent Publications 

This Food Delivery Startup Only Hires Immigrant Chefs, NextCity (https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/this-food-delivery-startup-only-hires-immigrant-chefs)

Responding to Record Heat Waves and Systemic Heat Effects in Washington, D.C, Urban Land Magazine (https://urbanland.uli.org/sustainability/responding-to-record-heat-waves-and-systemic-heat-effects-in-washington-d-c/)

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

Designing Jewish Landscapes and Gardens - co-presenter at Seed to Table conference, Boulder, CO, March 2017

Past the Law: Moving from Legal to Just in Disability Accommodations - panelist at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, March 2017

Email Etiquette - presentation to the ASL and Deaf Studies Department, Gallaudet University, November 2016 


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002